Local filmmaker, Forrest Stevens, will be hitchhiking to Alaska and back for his new project and is bringing other content creators with him. (Photo courtesy of Christopher G.)

Local filmmaker, Forrest Stevens, will be hitchhiking to Alaska and back for his new project and is bringing other content creators with him. (Photo courtesy of Christopher G.)

Thumbs up for local filmmaker’s new hitchhiking project

He will document the journey from Vancouver to Alaska and back

Victoria resident Forrest Stevens will be hitting the road, hitchhiking from Vancouver to Alaska and back.

He will be documenting the 6,000-kilometre roundtrip, and will explore why it has lost the popularity it once had in the middle of the 20th century.

In this hour and a half documentary titled Hitchhiking: The Rise and Fall of the Cheapest Way to Travel, he plans to include the Highway of Tears and interview people affected by the murders that occured along that stretch of road.

Stevens wants this to be a community project and is recruiting content creators to leverage this experience and welcomes advice from anyone who has been to Alaska before. He currently has one other traveller that will be accompanying him, but said there’s no limit to the number of people they can take, because with technology, they can all find their way back to one another if they have to separate.

When Stevens was 17 years old he hitchhiked from Tofino to Halifax and back, covering 15,000 kilometres in a month and a half. He travelled by himself most of the way and connected with a fellow traveller in Jasper on his way back to Victoria.

He recently created a documentary called The Reality of #VanLife that he is trying to sell to Netflix.

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He will head to Alaska in August and has set up a donation page for filming equipment bit.ly/2sKob9W.

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