I went to a premiere of the documentary, The Climb to Katahdin, directed and edited by local Colton Calloway. He and his girlfriend Lindsay embarked on a six-month long journey to hike the Appalachian Trail and ultimately climb Mount Katahdin in Maine. This was Colton’s first foray in documentary film making and I have to say that I was very impressed. The film was great and it was completely sold out at the Manship Theater here in Baton Rouge. I had heard about this film through a friend and so I was really excited to see it. The BR community really rallied in support of these amazing people and their incredible journey up the mountains of the East Coast.
It was incredible to see the beautiful landscape captured on film as well as the many towns, hostels and shelters that these called home for so many months. I have only been hiking on moderate hills and small mountains so this gave me a close-up view of what it was like to hike the Appalachian Trail. I was touched by their bonding with fellow hikers and by the people who assisted them along the way, appropriately dubbed Trail Angels.
I thought the journey was incredible but don’t want to give too much away. I highly recommend seeing this film and sincerely hope that Colton is able to gain viewers through the independent film circuit.
There will be an encore showing of this incredible documentary on Friday, August 23rd at The Baton Rouge Gallery.