We are so excited to announce that our film Trail Magic, the Grandma Gatewood Story was officially nominated April 27, 2017 for a Regional National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Emmy Award in the Best Documentary, Historical category.
Produced by Bette Lou Higgins
of Eden Valley and directed by Peter Huston of FilmAffects,
the story of Emma
Gatewoods solo thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail in 1955 at
the age of 67 (after raising 11 children and surviving domestic abuse)
still resonates with hikers and people from all walks of life. The film
captures Emmas challenging life that led to her historic journey
on the A.T. Her hike and the subsequent publicity spurred interest in
trail hiking across America. According to Peter Huston, Emmas story
propelled boomers in the late 60s and 70s to get out in nature and
many chose to attempt the Appalachian Trail.
TRAIL MAGIC is the final program in our project to tell Grandma Gatewood's life. These programs were researched, written and produced by Bette Lou and Michael Higgins, Kelly Boyer Sagert and the EVE staff and Peter Huston of FilmAffects and staff. Also available are a storytelling program, GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO'S LEGENDARY HIKER, which premiered in 2011 and a one-act play, EMMA GATEWOOD ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR BLOOMIN' MIND? which premiered in 2013. These three presentations have since been seen by more than 5,000 people in 15 states (not counting PBS broadcast audiences!)