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'In the Hollow' explores 1988 murder

By: Daniel Aloi,  Cornell Chronicle
October 23, 2016

“In the Hollow,” Austin Bunn’s short film about a murder near the Appalachian Trail, recently premiered on the free streaming site

Bunn, assistant professor of performing and media arts, wrote, directed and edited the film about the violent 1988 shooting attack on two gay hikers – Rebecca Wight, who was killed, and Claudia Brenner, who was shot four times and survived. Brenner is the author of “Eight Bullets” and an activist in the fight against anti-gay violence. The film features documentary footage (including Brenner’s first return to the trail since the shooting) and narrative segments with actors.

Completed in 2015, “In the Hollow” has garnered awards at several film festivals including best short film at InsideOut (Toronto) and audience or jury prizes for best short documentary at NewFest (New York City); MiFlo LGBT Film Festival (Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida); USN/Expo (Italy); and OutonFilm (Atlanta).

The film was funded in part by the Cornell Council for the Arts; the Department of Performing and Media Arts; Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the LGBT Studies Program.

Read an interview with Bunn about the film.

This article originally appeared in the Cornell Chronicle.

In the Hollow