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Crazy Possible Hikes into the Skyline Tavern

Portland, OR (July 8, 2017) One-part hilltop roadhouse and one-part non-profit art organization, Skyline Tavern will combine functions on Tuesday, July 27th when it hosts a guided hike and screening of the XRAY TV wilderness series, Crazy Possible. 

Base Camp Brewing is also getting in on the party, providing raffle prizes and offering a special beer menu that pairs well with outdoor exploration and soul searching.

The Crazy Possible screening party represents something of a homecoming for the web series, as it was produced with support from Black Dog Art Ensemble, the arts organization housed at Skyline.  Black Dog, which sponsors ‘experiments in art, ecology, health (and beer)’ on the Tavern’s six-acre site, was named after founder Scott Becker's own bout with clinical depression and the power of art to transcend the archetypal 'Black Dog'.  

Crazy Possible similarly began as a response to a funk. The series follows Portland couple turned-adventurers, Melissa and Dicky, as they attempt to reboot their static lives along the Continental Divide Trail. Melissa’s career had dead ended.  Dicky had poured his heart and soul into a feature film only to have it met with rejection. Both needed a change, so together they decided to trade in their security and their difficulties for the answers one can only find deep in the woods.  

The series interweaves reflections from professional hiker, Whitney All Good LaRuffa, who thru-hiked the Continental Divide Trail in 2016, with footage from Melissa and Dicky’s own significantly less prepared experiences conquering sections of the trail in 2015. Back home, the couple condensed their three-month adventure into a 5-part mini-series that is airing now on XRAY TV.  

Becker describes the series as a being full of “wit, wisdom, and wackiness. It has got a hell of a lot of heart.”  He is excited Black Dog was able to support the project at its crucial early stage and that it has now found a home at XRAY FM’s new venture, XRAY TV. “We are super thrilled they will be celebrating their finale at the Tavern. It feels like a homecoming.”  Crazy Possible adventurer, Melissa says, she couldn’t think of a better location. Dicky says, “Yeah, Crazy Possible was meant to be viewed where everything smells like pine trees and a little bit of campfire smoke. We couldn’t be happier."  

Interested hikers should meet at the Tavern at 6:30 pm for a 60-90-minute guided hike. The filmmakers will be in attendance at the screening. Crazy Possible episodes 1-4 are available for streaming now at xraytv.org.  

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Chasing Freedom on the Continental Divide

Local hikers return to Portland to celebrate the release of their new wilderness webseries: Crazy Possible. Bunk Bar will host the occasion with performances by Fronjentress and Old Unconscious.

Portland, OR (June 15, 2017) What happens when you watch Reese Witherspoon conquering her demons in Wild one too many times and determine you’re in need of a life change? The creators of XRay TV’s new light-hearted and refreshingly candid original doc-series, Crazy Possible, invite you on that journey.

Exploring the reality behind the fantasy of trading in your responsibilities for the freedom of the open road, Crazy Possible chronicles a Portland couple, Melissa and Dicky, who leave the city behind for America’s longest, highest, and (as they can dismally attest) hardest hiking endeavor, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

A by turns soft- and hardcore-adventure story, Crazy Possible interweaves reflections from professional hiker, Whitney All Good LaRuffa, who thru-hiked the Continental Divide Trail in 2016, with footage from Melissa and Dicky’s own experiences conquering portions of the trail in 2015. From the peaks of Montana’s Glacier National Park to the New Mexico desert, they confront painful ascents, snowstorms, doubts and profound disagreements - and at least one bear – all to reboot their lives.

We all know what it's like to feel stuck. Melissa, Dicky and Whitney (along with collaborators, including award-winning composers Cathedral Sounds, illustrator/shadow puppet provocateur Virginia Marting and animator John Bacone) invite viewers to get out of their collective rut by celebrating the series premiere on Tuesday, June 27 at Bunk Bar on Water Avenue. 7-10pm.  (Further episodes will air each subsequent Tuesday online on XRay TV and on Saturday nights on Open Signal’s Desert Island Television 10pm-2am on channel 29 & 329.) There will be an in-person screening of the pilot episode and musical performances by Fronjentress and Old Unconscious.  

It will be a free event and a tribute to crazy possible dreamers everywhere.

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