BENEATH THE DIRT (director:
Katharine Imp; cinematographer: Katharine Imp;
editor: Jason Furrer; music: Topher
Wright; cast: Matt
Gill (Prophet), Emily Ginger (Lightning), Brandon Imp (Monkey),
Katharine Imp (Ringleader); Runtime: 65; MPAA
Rating: NR; producer: Jason Furrer; One Way Street
"Though only about an hour in length, I couldn't wait to get off the trail and away from all the shrill talk."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A student-like inspirational film, still looking for sponsors to pay for the project, that was way too talky for my taste. It's about Chicago twenty-somethings, Katharine Imp, her younger brother Brandon, and Kate's best friend Emily Ginger, and how in March of 2010 the threesome took a grueling 2,178.3-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. The final stop would be the peak on Mt. Katahdin, Maine. It was a five month trip and spanned 14 states. The hike was organized by law school grad Kate, dubbed Ringleader for the trail. Her energetic easy-going comical brother, dubbed Monkey for his animated gestures, a Cornell grad interested in medical school, provided unconditional support when things got too hectic for sis. While Emily, dubbed Lightning, was the outsider, who ends up bickering with Kate along the trail and their friendship ended before they crossed the finish line. When Emily met on the trail Prophet, the relationship between the girls was never the same.
"Beauty" spends most of the
time telling about the highs and lows of such an
adventure, and of the hikers proudly noting throughout
that what they're doing is quite an achievement. We
learn that of the approximately 2000 who go on the
hike every year only one out of five ever go the full
distance, which seems to back up their claim of how
difficult is the hike.
Though only about an hour
in length, I couldn't wait to get off the trail and
away from all the shrill talk. Prophet struck me as
the most likable and sensible one of the group, he
split early on from this trio and decided to try
hiking alone in California. I think he made a wise
REVIEWED ON 7/16/2012 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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