'Journey on the Wild Coast' film debuts in Juneau Friday

Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2011

Juneau audiences will get their first chance to see “Journey on the Wild Coast” this Friday, when the movie makes its local debut at the Juneau Douglas High School auditorium. It will be shown at 7 p.m.

The film, created by local filmmaker Greg Chaney, traces the journey of Hig Higman and Erin McKittrick as they travel more than 4,000 miles from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, completely under their own power.

The full length documentary won a “Best of the Fest” award at last month’s Anchorage International Film Festival, and was Chaney’s first feature-length entry. All three screenings of the film at the Anchorage festival were sold out.

Chaney said it was very exciting to have his film be selected as a“Best of the Fest” film from among more than 160 entries.

“To even be on par with these other films was wonderful and to get an award in a really strong field was quite an honor.”

To create the film, Chaney reviewed more than 100 hours of raw footage, primarily taken by Higman on a small hand-held video camera. Chaney worked this into a cohesive narrative, adding interviews with the couple’s family members and a soundtrack created by local musicians, but allowed the incredible story to unfold naturally, without narration.

Chaney met the couple when they came through Juneau on a tour for McKittrick’s book, “The Long Journey Home.”

To find out more about the making of the film, visit www.juneauempire.com/stories/120210/art_744586615.shtml.

To find out more about Higman and McKittrick, visit www.groundtruthtrekking.org/blog.

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