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Highway Walkers Media, an adventure documentary film company based in Leon, IA, will screen their film, “Less Traveled: A Journey from Pine to Palm” in a free showing at the SCIT Theatre, Sunday September 25th, 2:00pm.
The filmmaking duo, Josiah Laubenstein and Darrell Johnston, have been working together for five years and “Less Traveled: A Journey from Pine to Palm,” their third film, is about the Jefferson Highway and if you have to ask what it is, you’re not alone. “We’re used to getting that question,” said Laubenstein, “You either know everything about the Jefferson Highway or nothing. We’re hoping this film will change that.”
The Jefferson Highway is the continent’s first transnational highway. Starting in Winnipeg, Manitoba and finishing in New Orleans, Louisiana the highway was a turn-of-the-century route for early roadsters. This year it’s celebrating its centennial. Covering over 2,200 miles, the route travels mostly on two lane highways and town main streets, and skips the major freeways. “It lengthens the roadtrip, but also heightens the experience,” said Laubenstein, who also says the Highway Walkers are all about experience.
The two traveled from North to South, Pine to Palm as they put it, and while the Jefferson Highway never changes timezones, it changes cultures frequently. “The people in Winnipeg are different from the people in New Orleans,” said Johnston, “But different is good. It keeps things exciting.”
The film lasts about an hour and half and there will be a Q&A session afterward. This screening and others are being sponsored by the Meredith Foundation, so admission is free and all ages are welcome. “We make movies that are focused on humor, history, and adventure,” said Johnston, “and we want people to come away from this film ready to explore.”