Local Filmmakers Set to "Walk the Dream"
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Inspiration is sought in many places. Four local filmmakers will soon set out to seek theirs all across America.
In April, they will embark on a seven-month, 3,300-mile journey, shooting a documentary called “Walk the Dream.”
“When I was first told the idea, it sounded so original I couldn't say no,” said Dan Petracca, one of the young filmmakers, all in their 20s.
The team will leave New York City on April 11. Over the following seven months they will tote cameras and backpacks along roads and highways, capturing words and images.
“Really, we don't know where it's going to take us,” said Brett Benson, one of the documentary’s producers. “It’s all about getting out there and having the adventure and seeing if we can successful in creating this film.”
The filmmakers say they will interview celebrities, the homeless and just about everyone in between. Nothing more powerful than real life.
“If you don't tell the story, if you don't have storytellers, filmmakers, artists, photographers, writers, then the story just goes away,” said Benson. “And you don't get to experience it for what it is.”
Most of the participants are just getting started in the film business, but already have a strong notion of their dream and how they plan to pull it off.
“This isn't students trying to get their senior project done,” said Benson. “This is a major motion picture, a documentary we're planning to distribute worldwide.”
Most days, the filmmakers spend quite a bit of time at the gym. Aside from the fact they will be lugging all their gear, they will also be walking about 25 miles a day.
The team figures it will shoot hundreds of hours of footage. All of it, to be boiled down to one simple, inspirational point.
“I'd like them to take away that, corny as it sounds, nothing's impossible,” said Petracca. “Just put yourself there, and do it.” Walk the Dream