WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 5, 2015) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and The Wilderness Society will host a special screening of the new Robert Redford film, “A Walk in the Woods,” in Washington on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. The film, scheduled to be released nationwide on Sept. 2, follows the hike of two friends and their journey along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).
“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 film will present both opportunities and challenges for the ATC. Increased attention on the A.T. will expose people from all walks of life to the natural beauty of the Trail, boosting awareness of why the ATC’s mission of preserving and managing the A.T. is so vital. On the other hand, it is just as important to educate hikers about proper etiquette along the Trail, as well as disperse hikers as much as possible, in order to keep the A.T. in pristine condition.
“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 Ron Tipton, executive director/CEO of the ATC. “At the same time we are planning for how to manage the surge of new hikers we anticipate.”
Guest speakers at the show include Tipton and Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.
“The Appalachian Trail is one of our nation’s great treasures. The Wilderness Society is pleased that ‘A Walk in the Woods’ highlights this beautiful place and the positive impact that wildlands have on our lives,” said Williams. “We hope this film inspires more Americans to get out and experience the outdoors—whether it be on the Appalachian Trail or any other wild place.”
Date: Aug. 27, 2015
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Landmark Theatres - E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Passes: Visit http://appalachiantrail.ticketleap.com/a-walk-in-the-woods-dc/
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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About the Wilderness Society
The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 700,000 members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. www.wilderness.org.