Rewilding Episode 1 Posts to Vimeo



Even with its Kickstarter campaign still in progress the Rewilding Film Project is already underway. Produced  by social entrepreneur Jesse Spiegel and his partner Vitek Linhart the documentary film project which aims to follow the adventure inspired travels of formerly incarcerated New York City native Anthony DeJesus launched its pilot episode this week on Vimeo.

“We’ve been working on the development of the Rewilding program for well over a year now,” Spiegel said. “This first documentary series aims to draw the attention and support needed to grow our program’s reach. It’s our launch pad. Our first participant is Anthony. His journey is the focus of this series and this pilot episode is where it all starts. When we first met Anthony and when the Rewilding project really began! “

In the hopes of raising awareness for the opportunities all Americans have to enjoy nature, Spiegel and Linhart are taking DeJesus on Western road trip. With stops in some of the most icon national parks and adventure destination across the country the filmmakers aim to introduce disenfranchised and under represented members of society to  positive lifestyle alternatives.

“This first episode is a taste of how powerful a tool nature and adventure can be for transitioning from prison back to life,” Spiegel said. “We are telling Anthony’s story through film so that we can generate the belief and support we need to grow our impact. Rewilding’s aim is to bring nature and rich experiences to many more young people in this same transition.”

Rewilding is a very important project worth following. Now that the summer recreation season is in full swing this initiative is an excellent demonstration of how accessible and life affirming the natural world can be to everyone. With the introduction of public awareness programs like #FindYourPark and #EveryKidInAPark the U.S. Department of the Interior wants all citizens to recognize the opportunities available to them to experience and enjoy outdoor recreation on public lands. And like Obama Administration’s program known as My Brother’s Keeper, the filmmakers hope to inspire others to encourage disadvantaged or socially challenged individuals to discover a broader vision of a more successful future.

“Being that you guys did this for me,” DeJesus says in the film, “I’ll do this for someone else.”

Rewilding – Season 1, Episode 1 – Pilot from Rewilding, The Film on Vimeo.

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I’m a freelance journalist that specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living.