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Paul's Boots

38m Documentary, Adventure 2016

We all have dreams. Paul’s dream was to hike the Appalachian Trail.

Last year, Paul passed away before he could make his dream reality. But that’s not the end of this story – it’s the beginning. He left behind three pairs of polished hiking boots and a backpack packed for his dream hike: the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail. Paul’s wife, M’Lynn, had an idea for a final gift for her husband. “How good would it be,” she asked, “for his boots to make the journey even if Paul could not?”

M’Lynn’s simple plea launched an incredible journey. The hiking community responded and carried the boots the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. Paul’s Boots follows the boots and tells the stories of the people who carried them. This is the story of how we all help each other achieve dreams.

Thanks to Duct Tape Then Beer & REI Co-op for allowing us to share this film.

Lead Producer: Becca Cahall Directors: Fitz Cahall, Isaiah Branch-Boyle Art Direction: Anya Miller Original story submitted to Duct Tape Then Beer and The Dirtbag Diaries:

Writers: Ada Matusiewicz, Isaiah Branch-Boyle, Jen Altschul, Keith Erps Cameras: Isaiah Branch-Boyle, Fitz Cahall, Jacob Bain, Quinn Gundersen, The Hikers

Cartography: Maps for Good Animation: Mario Quintana

REI: Ben Steele, Jason Sutherland, Paolo Mottola, Ashlee Langholz, Anders Nordblom


Becca Cahall


Fitz Cahall

Art Director

Anya Miller




United States