Five Years Ago…


The past few days as I have been going through my footage and starting to edit a few sequences I have been thinking about the past. What led me here. As artists, we all have our first “love” when it comes to filmmaking. The very first film that “started it all”. For me, it was an hour long documentary about a high school classmate of mine that suffered a traumatic brain injury. So much has changed since May of 2007 when I undertook this project. It was my first foray into the genre that is documentary and since then, there has been no looking back. For six months I tirelessly filmed the Killelea family, edited and worked day and night on a fundraising event for the film’s premiere in October of 2007. It could not have been a more rewarding experience. The Killelea’s taught me the true meaning of hope and the power of positive thinking in times of struggle. One thing is for certain, so much has changed for them and for me in the past five years, but without this film, I would not be where I am today. Alpine Zone would not have been possible. Therefore, it is a long time coming, but the documentary Where There is a Will is finally now available online, in it’s entirety. If you have an hour this weekend, feel free to watch it and if so inclined, follow the link in the description to Patrick Killelea’s website for more information on their struggle.

Thank you all, for your support in my current film, and my continuing evolution as an artist.

-Rocket aka Kori 🙂

Where There is a Will

Waiting For Sandy?

Waiting for Hurricane Sandy to hit? Already lived through it? Well, take approximately 3 minutes out of your day to take a peak at a music video I had worked on before living the “trail life”. It was recently accepted into the Silversonic Film Festival Music Video Showcase!

AND you might recognize the style of music. The band, The Hollow Sound, wrote the music that is featured in Alpine Zone‘s trailer.

Here is the video:

You can check out the band here:

The Hollow Sound

Appalachian Trail in the News

Spent a little time google-ing the A.T. today to see if there was any noteworthy news. One was about a man that was found near the trail in Pennsylvania. Why is this noteworthy to me? A HUGE fear of anyone that isn’t hiking the trail, but has family or friends that are is safety. As you can tell by my trailer, friends and family were very fearful that I would be murdered as I was in the middle of the woods alone. In reality, the statistics of that happening were pretty small. That’s why finding out this news is both important and concerning. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a family member and by the sound of the article he was a hiker. The hiker community is so small, everyone in it is family. The concern I have here is that this news will perpetuate the fear that solo hikers are in danger. The article states that there was no evidence of foul play. To most concerned friends and family, that means nothing. For the most part, on my journey, I felt safer in the woods than I did at road crossings or in towns. Why? Because “normal” society frequented those locations. And “normal” society was unpredictable. Robbery with other thru-hikers was never going to happen because no one wanted to carry extra weight in their pack. Murder or foul play? FORGET IT. Thru-hikers are all about experiencing nature and the other like-minded individuals with all of their personal stories to tell.

I hope that when these stories are in the news, my fabulous followers of Alpine Zone will think positive thoughts for this man’s family and not draw immediate conclusions about the safety of a thru-hike. Believe me, the benefits of my solo thru-hike have greatly outweighed any risk and tough experiences I had along the trail.

If you want to read the article, check it out here

Change Is Coming

Been plowing through footage and am looking forward to putting this all together. Ideas are flowing, which is awesome. There will be some changes coming to the website soon, I am looking for a less blog-style layout and a more “this is my movie!” layout 🙂

For now, some more awesome pictures to keep you at the edge of your seat 😉

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2012 The Gathering

As I continue to go through 200 hours of footage (the normal documentary has around 30 hours after production), I want to draw your attention to The Gathering. An event all Appalachian Trail. From information to presentations. It’s happening this weekend in West Virginia. If you’re in that area, do check it out! Many of my fellow thru-hikers will be attending. Meanwhile, I will dream of trail and trail-life things as I hope to finish reviewing all the footage this weekend. Check out the link for The Gathering here:

A Few More Stills

Still reviewing footage. Very happy with some of the moments I have captured. The good news is the humor and drama seems to be reading well with a few select people that have looked over some of the footage with me. I can’t wait to start the edit. But, for now I have looked at all my footage through May! Wooohooo! Here are a few more images for you all to enjoy:

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