Hike before film screening: "Mile... Mile & A Half" about the John Muir Trail

Apparently the film is sold out; check the link below to see if any extra tickets come on sale before you sign up for this hike.

Sounds like a great film; we'll do a short hike before it.

If you can't make the hike, just come for the film (but buy your tickets using the link below). The film screening and social (event starts at 6:00, film starts at 7:30) has a requested donation of $15, and you need to buy tickets in advance (see links below; I'm not sure if there will be tickets available at the door).

I created another Meetup for just the film, if you'd like to RSVP just for that :-) (you only need to RSVP for one or the other).

"Mile… Mile & A Half" is not your typical hiking and nature documentary. It is about the journey of a group of professional artists who hiked the John Muir Trail in 2011. They hiked 219 Miles in 25 days. Along the way, they were joined by musicians, painters, teachers and other adventure-seekers. They set out to capture the trail, but ended up documenting how the wilderness captured them. The film has been described as "inspiring and life evaluating", "breathtakingly gorgeous", "a fun journey" and much more.

Our hike will start at the Cliff Bar Headquarters (where the film will show) at 4:15 (we'll leave no later than 4:30). Here's a link to a map of the hike. Total distance is about 3.75 miles.

  1. The first half mile will be on city streets to get to Berkeley's Aquatic Park
  2. The next mile or so will be on the east side of Aquatic Park.
  3. The next quarter mile will be crossing Berkeley's picturesque pedestrian/bike/wheelchair bridge across the I-80/580 freeway.
  4. The a mile along the Bay Trail, passing Berkeley's beach.
  5. This next section is not very pedestrian friendly: We will venture across I-80/580 using the Ashby Avenue freeway offramps. These are legal (the only sign says you can't turn down towards the freeway), but the sidewalk is overgrown in some areas and minimal in others (you can check it out on Google Streetview). Once we cross the freeway we'll have to dash across the freeway offramps, with cars coming from northbound I-80 onto Ashby. There is plenty of visibility for us, but the cars will be coming through at 35-45 MPH, so we'll wait for small breaks and dash across. As we walk down this final offramp, there is a sign at the other end that says "Pedestrians Prohibited," but we will never be walking past a sign that tells us we can't go any further.  If you're not comfortable doing this, I would advise you just come for the movie. I wouldn't take a group on something that was crazy, but this is certainly not your everyday crosswalk.
  6. OK, if Step 5 sounds too crazy to the group that appear, we can take about another 1.5 miles and walk along the Bay Trail to Powell Street in Emeryville and cross under I-80/580 there. If we're doing well on time, and the group that would prefer to do the extra distance, we may opt for this (but please don't come assuming we will).

This should get us back in time for some socializing before the movie.

More information from one of our members:

I am the producer of a feature documentary called "Mile… Mile & A Half". Our highly-anticipated world premiere was this past Saturday in Hollywood, where we sold out an unprecedented two screenings at the Dances With Films festival, and we’re following it up with a screenings in Emeryville and Sacramento on the weekend of June 14-15. Just in time for Father’s day.

We are inviting fellow hikers to come see our film. We think it’s a fun, sometimes heartbreaking, and accurate account of life on the trail, and our audiences tell us we’re right.

Tickets can be bought here:

"Mile… Mile & A Half" is not your typical hiking and nature documentary. It is about the journey of a group of professional artists who hiked the John Muir Trail in 2011. They hiked 219 Miles in 25 days. Along the way, they were joined by musicians, painters, teachers and other adventure-seekers. They set out to capture the trail, but ended up documenting how the wilderness captured them. The film has been described as "inspiring and life evaluating", "breathtakingly gorgeous", "a fun journey" and much more. www.MMAAH.com

  • The film is scored by the band Opus Orange who released the soundtrack May 24th.
  • As an added benefit to movie-goers, Hollywood Access Services has created a downloadable audio description track for low-vision audiences to listen to while screening the film (It’s really a very cool thing).
  • Here is a small slice of what fans have to say about the film. http://themuirproject.com/mmah/fans/
  • We've teamed up with corporate sponsors and partners including Osprey Packs, The American Hiking Society, California Parks Foundation, REI, CamelBak, Mountain Hardware, Golden Road Brewery, etc.
  • We've have been spreading the word and growing our audience with a grass roots publicity and promotional pushes including Facebook (over 5000+ likes). https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Muir-Project/240615075966884
  • Our Kickstarter Campaign raised $85,000 for final post-production costs.
  • We have had special events in the LA, SD, and SF areas and have screenings scheduled around the country this summer and fall.
  • The film will be digitally distributed in fall 2013 and DVDs and merchandise will be for sale at the screenings.


All the best,

Zee Hatley

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  • Katie

    Lee and I are stuck in traffic so we might be a little late. It looks like we should be there between 420 and 430.

    June 14, 2013

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