Wednesday, September 29, 2010

TRAIL ANGELS, partially filmed in New Hampshire, to screen at Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem

[From Stephen Dignazio at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem...]

TRAIL ANGELS, the recently completed documentary film directed by Daniel Peddle, will screen Friday, October 8 at 8 PM in the Brad Washburn Room of the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch, and Saturday, October 9, at 7:30 at The Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem.

TRAIL ANGELS, with scenes that were shot in Bethlehem, Whitefield, Crawford Notch and other area locations, is an inspiring portrait of unsung heroes who have made it their quest to help the seasonal thru hikers of the Appalachian Trail, a pilgrimage of five million footsteps. Meet Baltimore Jack, Mala, Trail Angel Mary and Miss Janet-- four working class Americans who open their hearts to seasonal “thru-hikers” by performing random acts of kindness known as “trail magic” for the long distance hikers of the “AT”.

Through the tender eyes of these Trail Angels we witness how hiking the AT and the focus it demands, spiritually transforms the hikers, people from all walks of life, awakening their sense of connectivity to each other, the earth and the moment. Yet the stimulating stream of hikers who pass through the Trail Angels’ lives leaves them lonely and blue during the cold off-season. Between the hikers’ hope and the angels’ sacrifice, an unexpected picture emerges of an overlooked America where those “out of step” with the mainstream create a linear community based on kindness that stretches 2175 miles up the East Coast. For those willing to go the distance, a community based on kindness and simplicity emerges from the backwoods of America.

Director Daniel Peddle and producer Chris Hoover will be on hand to introduce their film and answer questions at both locations. Dinner is available before the movie at The Highland Center, starting at 6pm, reservations are recommended. A reception will follow at The Colonial Theatre hosted by The White Mountain Film Society.

For more information contact The Colonial Theatre at (603) 869-3422 or www.BethlehemColonial.org, The AMC Highland Center at (603) 278-4453.