Six months ago, he heard the trail would be paved. He decided to do something.
“I felt like making a movie, because I already was making movies, could be the best thing that I could do to help make sure it didn’t happen,” Morris said.
Morris created a documentary called “Bolin Creek Unpaved: Saving Carrboro’s Last Forest” about the fate of Bolin Forest, otherwise known as Carolina North, the town’s last 400-acre riparian forest. He produced the film independently on a zero-dollar budget.
A preview of the film was held at the ArtsCenter on Jan. 15 and received an unexpected turnout of nearly 350 people from the community who showed up to lend their support.
“I was floored,” said Julie McClintock, president of Friends of Bolin Creek — a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the Bolin Creek watershed. “I brought food for 50, and the cookies went in 20 seconds.”
The Friends of Bolin Creek helped to sponsor the screening, and all ticket proceeds went toward the nonprofit’s conservation efforts.
The film, which focuses on the diverse wildlife and ecology of Bolin Forest, discusses the controversy that continues to swirl around plans for a proposed greenway first put forth by the Carrboro Board of Aldermen back in 2009.
The original plan, designed to be a 4.8-mile north-south path for cyclists and walkers spanning from Estes Drive Extension up to Homestead Road and then on to a segment by Jones Creek, has been met with contention.