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Movie: WILD

Fox SearchLight Pictures

WILD starring Reese Witherspoon debuts in theaters Dec. 3 It is not every day that our nation’s public lands play a lead role on the big screen. This will change when the movie Wild hits theaters on Dec. 3. Wild, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) and starring and produced by Reese Witherspoon is based on Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir by the same name. Strayed's story chronicles her experience of confronting a destructive path her life had taken by embarking on a solo trek covering 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada. There are few stories that embody the transformative power of wilderness quite like Wild. The Wilderness Society is working with Fox Searchlight to share in this message.  The story is a reminder of something we say often--that wild places are important for the way they connect us, not only to each other, but to ourselves. They are places for tranquility and soul searching. In the book and movie, Cheryl Strayed chooses to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone after the haunting loss of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) to cancer. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision to hike the trail with absolutely no experience.  Wild powerfully reveals her experience as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens and ultimately heals her. "In the wilderness, what I found is my strength again." - Cheryl Strayed Beyond the powerful message about the importance of wilderness in the human experience,Wild shares with viewers the beautiful scenery of one of our nation's world-class distance trails. On the Pacific Crest Trail, Strayed was able to hike from California's Mojave Desert through California and up to Oregon and Washington, passing through spectacular wilderness areas, national parks and monuments on the way. The trail itself passes through 48 federally-designated wilderness areas as well as five state parks, six national parks and 25 national forests. We hope this film will inspire more people to protect wilderness. Don’t miss your opportunity to see some of our nation’s most famous public lands on the big screen and to get inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s story of going from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail.