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Movie takes raw look at Appalachian Trail journey

From Staff Reports
What happens when you put a lawyer, an Ivy grad, and a city girl on the Appalachian Trail? Find out on Friday, June 8, when the outdoor adventure film “Beauty Beneath the Dirt” is presented at Erwin Utilities.
According to a press release issued by the filmmakers, “Beauty Beneath the Dirt” is a far cry from your typical outdoor adventure travelogue. Unlike other Appalachian Trail documentaries that focus on camp life and the natural environment, director Katherine Imp takes a raw and uninhibited look at what happens to the mind, body, and soul over the course of a 2178.3-mile journey.
This film is not suitable for children under 13 due to profanity.
“I’ve always had a fascination with nature’s ability to transform, ever since my days of working for Outward Bound,” Katherine stated in the press release. “And though none of us were looking to be ‘transformed,’ I knew that five months on the trail would change each of us in some way. And I wanted to capture that change on film.”
Katherine was joined on the trail by her brother Brandon, a 21-yr-old Ivy grad fresh out of college, and her best friend Emily, a 23-yr-old “city chick” born and raised on Chicago’s South Side.
“When Kate says she’s going to do something, she does it,” says co-producer Jason Furrer. “So when she told me she was making a film and wanted me to co-produce I was like, where do I sign-up?”
Though the film itself was self-financed, Katherine, Brandon, and Emily obtained a number of sponsorships before hiking the trail to help with the cost of the trip, the press release said. Sponsors include some of the nation’s leading outdoor food and clothing companies such as Clif Bar, Superfeet, PrAna, Minute Rice, and Bumble Bee..
A question-and-answer session with cast member Brandon Imp will follow the screening on June 8. For more event details, visit or the event at