Aug. 21--A desire to hike California's 219-mile John Muir Trail, one of the most scenic high mountain trails in America, resulted in a feature length film that will be shown in Portland on Thursday, Sept. 5.
The film showing is timed to coincide with the Pacific Crest Trail Days, Sept. 6-8, at Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge. The John Muir Trail, named for America's most famous naturalist, makes up part of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Cascade Locks is the only incorporated city on the trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada.
"Mile . . . Mike and a Half" will air at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at McMenamins Mission Theater. Ric Serena, one of the producer/directors of the hiking documentary, said the film team of five trail friends attempted to capture the experience the best it could.
But when they returned from the trip through the Sierra Nevada, they realized they had enough footage to produce a feature film. The premier showing was in Los Angeles at the 16th Dances With Films Festival, where they sold out two screenings and won the audience award for best feature documentary.
Now, screening is continuing in a few select cities across the United States. Earlier this month, the film played in Seattle to its largest crowd (436 people).
The trailer can be view at themuirproject.com.
The film has been described as inspiring and life evaluating, gorgeous and a fun journey.
Opus Orange, the musicians who scored the soundtrack, will be performing a set at the Portland showing. Tickets and information can be found at mcmenamins.com.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the band appears at 6:30 p.m. and the film plays after 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door.
Serena will be in attendance with my co-director/co-producer Jason Fitzpatrick and still photographer/co-producer Jen Serena.
-- Terry Richard
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