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Oxfam Goes "Into the Wild"Oct 25, 2007
Oxfam America is honored to be included in the feature film "Into the Wild," based upon the acclaimed best selling novel by Jon Krakauer about the life and death of Christopher McCandless. Upon graduation from Emory University, McCandless donated his entire life savings, $24,000 to Oxfam America and embarked on an adventure to Alaska where he ultimately meets his fate.
“It is a great honor for Oxfam America to be affiliated with a film of such integrity. 'Into the Wild' truly embraces the independent spirit of human nature,” said Raymond C. Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America.
The story takes place after McCandless graduates from Emory. He donates all of his money, rids himself of all his possessions, cuts off contact with his family and attempts to live a life of adventure in the mountains of Alaska. The film was adapted from best selling author Jon Krakauer’s novel, Into the Wild. The film is directed and produced by Academy Award® winner Sean Penn and stars Emile Hirsch, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn and Jena Malone. The film premiered in Los Angeles in September where another donation was made to Oxfam America in memory of Christopher McCandless.
Oxfam will be honoring the cast of Into the Wild including Director Sean Penn and Emile Hirsch on November 14th at The Oxfam Party at Esquire North in New York City.
To learn more about the film, "Into the Wild," visit the official Web site.