Brent Finnegan -- March 15th, 2011
Virginia filmmaker Kevin Gallagher hiked the entire Appalachian Trial in 2005, and shot sequences of still photos (on actual film) along the way. Years later, he strung them together to make Green Tunnel, a short film that blasts through more than 2,000 miles in about four minutes.
Gallagher, a graduate of Broadway High School (class of 2000) developed a passion for hiking while growing up in the Shenandoah Valley. “I was familiar with the route through SNP from hiking around there when I was a kid. Being on the AT in the park back then was really what planted the seed for doing the whole trail,” Gallagher told hburgnews.
Green Tunnel was recently featured on Wired:
Back in spring 2005, the Virginia-based hiking enthusiast — who goes by the trail name “Fester” — hiked the Appalachian Trail and stopped every day to take 24 snapshots of quintessential sections of this famed route. By the end, he’d collected more than 4,000 slides — yes, slides — which, at first, sat in storage boxes due to tight finances and a still-restless wandering spirit.
“I went off to do other stuff like walk from Mexico to Canada” on the Pacific Crest Trail, Gallagher told Wired.com. “It was only after getting to a less-transient place that was I able to even scan the slides and get all the elements together.”
Gallagher lives in Richmond, but still visits the Valley occasionally.