ATLANTA, GA (August 4, 2015) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Atlanta Wildlife Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) will co-host a special screening of the new Robert Redford film, “A Walk in the Woods,” at the Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.
“A Walk in the Woods,” based on the Bill Bryson novel, follows the hike of Bryson and his friend Stephen Katz, both of whom seem like a long-shot to complete their journey along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Hilarity ensues in this comedy as Bryson and Katz encounter hard to navigate pieces of the Trail, over talkative thru-hikers, and hungry bears along the way. While the film is not exclusively about the Trail, it emphasizes the life-changing impact the A.T. can have on those who hike it. The film will be released nationwide on Sept. 2, and is rated R for language and some sexual references.
The screening will take place near the iconic Piedmont Park in Atlanta’s historic Midtown district. Ron Tipton, executive director/CEO of the ATC, will discuss the ATC’s involvement in the film, and the organization’s proactive approach to limit any damage caused by the expected increase in usage on the Trail. AWARE volunteers will have their Ambassador Animals at the venue to encourage Georgians to “Preserve – Protect – Promote” native wildlife.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is very excited about ‘A Walk in the Woods’ and the positive attention it will bring to the Appalachian Trail experience,” said Tipton. “At the same time we are planning for how to manage the surge of new hikers we anticipate.”
Enthusiasm for the A.T. is at an all-time high, with both the number of hikers and volunteers increasing significantly in recent years. The number of thru-hikers traversing the A.T. has increased by approximately 20 percent this year to more than 3,000 hikers, and in 2014 nearly 5,700 volunteers contributed more than 240,000 hours to maintain the Trail. On average, an estimated 3 million people hike the A.T. annually.
“AWARE is thrilled to partner with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for the screening of ‘A Walk in the Woods,’” said Dr. Tarah Hadley, executive director. “This lighthearted look at life on the Appalachian Trail and wild animal encounters is a terrific reminder that we can have a peaceful coexistence with native wildlife—whether you’re taking a hike or in your own backyard.”
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Landmark Theatres – Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, in the Midtown Promenade Center, Atlanta, GA, 30308
Passes: Visit http://appalachiantrail.ticketleap.com/a-walk-in-the-woods-atlanta/
For more information about the film, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/AWalkintheWoods
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
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Founded in 1999, the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort–AWARE Wildlife Center–rehabilitates all species of Georgia’s injured and orphaned native wildlife and educates the community about habitat preservation and peaceful coexistence. Each year, AWARE rescues and rehabilitates more than 1,800 wild animals and our licensed rehabilitators field thousands of emails and calls from people with wildlife concerns. Educational outreach programs feature our non-releasable ambassador animals (bobcat, opossum, flying squirrel, snake, turtle, skunks, crows, owls and hawks), which provide a face to our lessons on how to peacefully coexist with wild animals. AWARE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on private contributions of time and money. For more information, please visit AWAREwildlife.org and like us on Facebook.