College filmmakers visit 50 states in 50 days

WTNH– Two college filmmakers have set off to make a documentary film about their travels across the country. Their goal is visit 50 states in 50 days and document their adventures along the way.

“We are going to 50 states in 50 days,” said Madeline Carl.

Ambitious? Yes. Impossible? Hardly. And that’s the message that’s fueling these two college seniors’ cross-country road trip.

“If you have a goal that seems a little crazy, just try it and reach out and you’d be surprised and amazed by what can happen,” said Carl.

So far they’ve been to 17 states in 15 days, logging nearly 5,000 miles.

“I just was kind of sitting in bed one day and thought of it, so I just casually posted a sticky note to her door saying do you want to do this insane thing and she said yes so we did it,” said Meredith Jacob.

The budding filmmakers charted their course and raised $15,000 to turn their dream into a reality.

“Hi I’m Madeline, and I’m Meredith and we’re about to embark on our first documentary feature film. It’s called 50 States in 50 Days. We’re just traveling across the country to inspire people to achieve their seemingly impossible goals,” they said in their kickstarter video.

Every day is a new adventure, including finding ways to pass all those hours on the road.

“We’ve finished 3 audio books so far and we’ve listened to a lot of great music,” said Carl. “In each state we have sort of an attraction or a small goal that we want to accomplish like a museum we want to go see or a restaurant that we want to go to.”

So what’s on tap for their few hours in New Haven?

“We’re going to go visit Yale campus because I feel like it’s a must. Also a lot of locals have suggested delicious pizza,” said Carl.

Of course each adventure and meeting is captured on either their GoPro or digital camera. And come July 4th, when their adventure comes to an end, they’ll start putting all their footage together for a feature length documentary.

While their road trip started in Missouri, it will be ending in Washington state. They’ll be ditching their car there after driving 12,000 miles. That’s when they’re going to hop on an airplane to Alaska, spend a couple of days there and end their journey in the 50th state Hawaii where they’ll hopefully get a few days to relax on the beach and perhaps not get into a car.

You can follow their cross country adventure as they make their way through 50 states. They have a Facebook page  and they also have a blog, both set up as fifty states in fifty days.

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