In 2006, Ron Lamothe, decided to make adocumentary on Christopher McCandless. Lamothe was inspired by McCandless’ story even before the bookInto the Wild(1996) was published, as both he and McCandless were born in 1968 and graduated from college in 1990. They also shared the same roommate at one time in their lives, and Lamothe took a life-changing trip toduring the same time as McCandless’ travels.
After a brief swim in, Lamothe begins his journey to, where McCandless grew up and went to high school. Lamothe then journeys toin, where McCandless graduated in May 1990, and attends the 2006 graduation ceremony. Also attending the ceremony is filmmaker, who coincidentally was then filming aabout McCandless. Lamothe interviews a few graduates on their plans after college in hopes of finding a “McCandless” in the crowd while comparing the graduates to the free-spirited.
Lamothe then ventures toand visits, where McCandless had stayed during thein 1991. Lamothe toursand interviews Leonard Knight, who built the site and claims to have met McCandless during McCandless’ stay.
On June 3, Lamothe and a friend travel toand discuss the casting choice ofas McCandless in the upcoming film. They incidentally pass through Penn’s production as he sees two yellowprops, the same car McCandless drove and later lost during a. Lamothe has the entire Lake Mead to himself without being bothered by Penn’s crew, who chose to film in a different location.