For over ten years, ‘Trail Angel’ Apple Williams has been erecting a twelve-person tent in a remote corner of North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest, supporting weary southbound thru-hikers along the Appalachian Trail by offering them food, drink, shelter and, most importantly, encouragement as they enter final leg of this epic hiking challenge.
Brian Bolster grew up in suburban Boston, MA before attending and graduating from the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Brian’s short documentary films have screened internationally at festivals including Sundance Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Outfest, Slamdance Film Festival and Traverse City Film Festival, and have also been distributed by The Atlantic Video, Aeon Video, and United Airlines among other channels. His most recent film Winter’s Watch won Best Film at the 2017 New Hampshire Film Festival and recived honorable mention at DOC NYC. In 2016 his short film The Tricks List won Best Director at the Tacoma Film Festival, and in 2014 his short documentary One Year Lease won the award for Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and was a Cinema Eye Honors 2015 nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking. He is a three-time alumnus of Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and his short documentary The Lookout won the festival’s Big Sky Award in 2012. Brian also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has worked in several public and private schools in New York City, and as an educational researcher for Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues. After a 25+ year stint as a resident of Manhattan, he’s recently relocated to Hollywood CA.