This blog follows the journey of Sarah and Greg as they made their film. To see a trailer, read more, learn about the progress of the film or share your story visit AMERICANBEARFILM.COM

60 days. 25 States. 5 Bears.

Sarah and Greg are setting out on an adventure exploring American trust and fear through hospitality. Armed with their charm, courage, and a camera, they will rely on the kindness of strangers for a home each night, and if they're lucky, a few meals along the way.

The story began in summer 2009 when Greg exclaimed in his sleep, "We have to go to Bear, Colorado!" Unfortunately, no Bear actually exists in Colorado. However, there are five Bears in America, fortuitously located in a perfect a 'U' around the continental U.S. - in Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Arkansas, and Delaware. Following the trail of the Bears, Sarah and Greg will travel through 25 states of all different cultures, demographics, populations, and Americans.

Through conversations with locals, we will explore our themes on a personal level and embrace the stories that turn strangers into neighbors. Our discussions with scholars and professionals will dig into the philosophy and nature of a core aspect of what makes us human. We will understand why (or if) we let people into our hearts and our homes.

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To our new Followers, thank you so much! We're very excited to have your virtual support, and hopefully we'll keep things interesting and moving and shaking here on the American Bear blog.

Things are always moving and shaking though, so we're not too worried about that. I got some good news and some bad news today. The bad news is that the Jerome Foundation, an organization whose grant sounded right up our alley, does not accept grant applications from full-time students. One down, plenty more to go, I suppose. But the good news is that Breathe Owl Breathe, the wonderful band from Michigan, said they were very interested in our project and would love to discuss further after their current tour is over. So music is on hold for a few weeks, but we've got a lot of positive energy waiting for us.

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