Hermits in Film

The Hermit of Manana

“The Hermit Of Manana” is the true story of Ray Phillips, a New York City dropout who lived alone on a tiny isolated island for fifty years. The film traces his journey, pieces together the stories of those who knew him, and sifts through the myths which engulf his legacy. While the hermit lifestyle seems outlandish to most, this film shows the values and struggles in a life of simplicity and survival.

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The Fort Fisher Hermit

Robert E. Harrill, The Fort Fisher Hermit, spent 17 years under the stars and scrub oaks of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Surviving off the land and the contributions from thousands of visitors, he became one of the areas largest tourist attractions.

But Robert’s new life wasn’t as idyllic as he made it out to be, and his untimely death is marked by mystery and controversy.

Narrated by Barry Corbin, this film examines the reasons that led a man to become a hermit, his growing popularity and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death.

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Alone in the Wilderness

Alone in the Wilderness” is the story of Dick Proenneke living in the Alaska wilderness. Dick filmed his adventures so he could show his relatives in the lower 48 states what life was like in Alaska, building his cabin, hunting for food and exploring the area. Bob Swerer has taken the best footage from Dick’s films and he has created 3 videos about Dick, “Alone in the Wilderness”, “Alaska, Silence and Solitude” and “The Frozen North”.

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Willard: The Hermit of Gully Lake

In the 1940’s American-born Willard (Kitchener) MacDonald jumped his troop train heading to WWII. Fearing authorities he lived as a hermit deep in the northern wilderness of Nova Scotia, Canada for more than 60 years. This is the true story of “The Hermit of Gully Lake,” a man who lived a life that the rest of us could never endure. He was a soul in exile and yet you will discover that he touched the lives of so many, in ways that no one can really explain.


~ by alexmalina on February 7, 2009.

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