All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost.
J. R. R. Tolkien
As I humbly go out on this next endeavor to make a film and write a book about the Trans Canada Trail, I shall share here stories, short video’s, and photographs of the journey along with portraits of indie filmmakers, musicians, storytellers, and people of the land.
There are many threads pulling at my spirit leading me to walk away from my house, car and comforts to sleep in a tent for two years as I attempt to hike, bike and paddle a 24000km trail. And over the next two years many of those ideas and reflections will be shared here. But I also hope to build a community with other artists and storytellers and to a create a place for their authentic and sincere self expressions.
For many months, I have wrestled with the soul of this next film, and the process of making it. I realize that some things shouldn’t have a corporate logo branded across them and the trail that connects us all is one of them. So this is an indie project, made in collaboration with other indie artists and supporting through barter and exchange independent people with small businesses that are sincere expressions of purpose and passion.
My good friend Brandon has a huge tattoo on his arm that says, be the change. Somehow the machines we created to help us are now controlling us. As an old fisherman once said to me, we used to live in a society, now we live in an economy. So the trail is a gateway to the old ways, to time when our relationship to the earth was sacred, when we lived with, not upon. Maybe everything we need to know we have forgotten. I travel the trail to remember.