Press

.PDFs: La Vanguardia / Berliner Zeitung / Calcalist / CNN / Conde Nast Traveler / Der Spiegel / Fox / Gadling / Globo / The Hollywood ReporterNational Geographic Traveler / New York Times / Now Toronto / Outside / South China Morning Post / Travel Weekly / Weather Channel

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Jan 24, 2016: Pegi Vail, Once a Backpacker, Now Studies Them, by Diane Daniel, The New York Times

2015
Nov 15, 2015: Backpacker, Go Home: How Tourism Is Ruining Everything, by Lewis Beale, The Daily Beast
Oct 3, 2015: La Vanguardia, “La Contra” featured interview with director Pegi Vail by Ima Sanchis
July 18, 2015: Gringo Trails director Pegi Vail featured in “The Ultimate Bucket-List Travel Guide“, Wall Street Journal
June 6, 2015: Conscientização na Bagagem (in Portuguese) by Patrícia Santos, Com Ciência
May 29, 2015: The Appeal of Mass Tourism in the Age of Authentic Travel, SKIFT’s inaugural podcast featuring Gringo Trails Director Pegi Vail and Fred Dixon, CEO of New York’s tourism marketing organization NYC & Company

2014
Dec 29, 2014: New York Times, Room for Debate “Smaller Footprints on the World’s Welcome Mats” Travelers Can Choose to Make a Difference Debate, Pegi Vail, Debater
Nov/Dec 2014: “Trail Knowledge: Making the World a Better Place, One Trip at a Time” Q&A with Pegi Vail and Costas Christ, Virtuoso Life Magazine
Dec 4, 2014:  Reisen Wir Unsere Welt Kaputt? Travelbook
Nov 24, 2014: Our Split Personality, by Arnie Weissmann, Travel Weekly
Nov 13, 2014: 7 Ways “Gringo Trails” Teaches Festivalgoers to be Thoughtful Travelers by Laura Baker-Finch, Cultivora
Oct 25, 2014: Night On Earth: Gringo Trails radio interview with She Fah Szetu, BFM Malaysia 
Oct 16, 2014: Gringo Trails review by Phillip Vannini, Visual Studies 29:3
Sept 30, 2014: 4 Films that Can Prevent Destinations From Making Epic Tourism Mistakes by Doug Lansky, Skift
Sept 12, 2014: Gringo Trails/Interview on Director Talk
Sept 8, 2014: Gringo Trails Film Review by Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
Sept 5, 2014: Gringo Trails Film Review by Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast
Sept 5, 2014: ‘Gringo Trails’ Explores the Complicated Business of Tourism by Cynthia Fuchs, Pop Matters
Sept 4, 2014: Trouble in Paradise by Brooke Lefferts, Today Show online
Sept 4, 2014: Filmmakers Explore Tourism’s Toll On Our Planet by Sandra Guzman, NBC News
Sept 4, 2014: Round Out Summer by Valarie D’Elia, NY1
Sept 3, 2014: Doc Gringo Trails Argues Why Backpackers Aren’t Too Different From Regular Tourists by Diana Clarke, Village Voice
Sept 3, 2014: Film Review: Gringo Trails by Eric Monder, Film Journal International
August/September 2014 issue: Tourists Gone WildNational Geographic Traveler
Sept 4, 2014: New York Times Fall Film Preview by Anita Gates
July 8, 2014: National Irish Radio program RTE 2fm Tubridy
June 24, 2014: Berliner Zeitung Was Backpacker Anrichten Können by Katharina Klöber
May 30, 2014: TVNZ TV One Good Morning live show, Gringo Trails director discussing film
May 29, 2014: Spiegel Online “Dokumentarfilm “Gringo Trails”: Vom Fluch des Reisens” by Eva-Maria Träger
May 8, 2014: Are Tourists Destroying the Planet–Or Saving It, by Nicole Eigbrett, RoosterGNN
Mar 19, 2014: Fox “Is the Party Over?” ‘Gringo Trails’ Shows the Destructiveness of World Travel” by Brooke Lefferts
Mar 2014: National Geographic Weekend radio, Gringo Trails producers in conversation with host Boyd Matson.Podcast available here
Mar 2014: Huffington Post, Travel section, Who Ruins the World? Travelers? by Adedana Ashebir
Mar 1, 2014: Green Global Travel, Bret Love’s Q&A with Gringo Trials director
Spring 2014: Gringo Trails review by Luis Vivanco, Visual Anthropology Review, Vol. 30, Issue 1
Feb 27, 2014: la Repubblica, Italy, article (in Italian) by Simone Cosimi
Feb 24, 2014: CNN Travel section: “Don’t Go There? Film Chronicles Destruction of Travel” by Zoe Li
Feb 10, 2014: Love it to Death, by Arnie Weissmann in Travel Weekly
Feb 2, 2014: Article by Tamar Willerfort in Calcalist (Israel)
Jan 31, 2014: Gringo Trails and director interview featured in Globo (Brazil) article by Flávia Mantovani
Jan 31, 2014: Weather Channel article and interview by Stepanie Valera
Jan 18, 2014: Gringo Trails director live, 1st hour, on Rudy Maxa’s World nationally syndicated radio show, podcast available here
Jan 16, 2014: Gringo Trails director featured on Al Jazeera America’s Consider This TV program with Antonio Mora
Jan 13, 2014: Gringo Trails in Sunday Essentials article, A Wake Up Call on How to Travel Better by Michael Soncina
Jan 6, 2014: Gringo Trails director interviewed by host Andrew Patterson on RadioLIVE New Zealand, link to interview: RadioLIVE NZ
Jan 4, 2014: Gringo Trails featured on CNN CNN Travel, “Is Tourism Destroying the World article by Zoe Li. CNN TV interview with Isha Sesay on CNN TV’s Connect the World

2013
Dec 24, 2013: “Trail & Error” article on Gringo Trails by Kate Whitehead in South China Morning Post
Dec 1, 2013: Planet in Focus Film Review: Gringo Trails, by Francis Mckay in Cinema Axis
Nov 26, 2013: FERN TV interview with Fernando Fernandez
Nov 22, 2013: CP24 NEWS live interview in Toronto, 10:20PM with Director Pegi Vail by Jee-Yun Lee and Kyle Christie
Nov 21, 2013: In NOW Toronto, Glenn Sumi gives Gringo Trails 5/5 N’s (Stars) in his Movie Review: “Tourism Trap”
Oct 24, 2013: Outside Magazine article by Mary Catherine O’Connor: “‘Gringo Trails’ Illuminates our Travel Footprint
Oct 18, 2013: Blog post by Deborah Dunn at Conde Nast Traveler “Film Festival Shows the Good, The Bad, and the Strange of Tourism”
Oct 14, 2013: AOL’s Gadling article by Pam Mandel “Gringo Trails: What Are Travelers Doing to the Places They Visit?”
Oct 5, 2013: We are thrilled to have signed with ICARUS FILMS for our North American Distribution! Press release here
Sept 1, 2013: GRINGO TRAILS Director Pegi Vail is the September featured profile on Rolf Potts’ Travel Writers series, discussing GRINGO TRAILS, traveling, and filmmaking.

Quotes about the film:

“Anthropologist Pegi Vail uses her academic background to excellent effect in her feature-film debut” —Hollywood Reporter

Gringo Trails depicts in sometimes shocking images, the bad, the ugly and yes, the good sides of tourism,  sparking much needed discussions about what it means to be a traveler” —National Geographic Traveler

“what tourists can and should do better” —Der Spiegel

“Beautifully edited; restrained… an undeniably powerful indictment.”Slant Magazine

“A gorgeously crafted piece of documentary filmmaking.”CriterionCast

“a film more than a decade in the making by American anthropologist Pegi Vail, looks at the effect of the unplanned or mismanaged growth of the tourism industry in developing countries.” —CNN International

“…absorbing look at how tourism has altered the ecology, geography and culture of some of the world’s most beautiful and remote areas…the cleverly edited and beautifully shot film ends on a hopeful note with the emergence of sustainable models.” —NOW Toronto

“Whether you’re an armchair traveler or you’re working through a bucket list of exotic destinations, it’s an important and moving film.” —Outside Magazine

“a fascinating and beautifully shot documentary called Gringo Trails about what happens to those faraway beaches, jungles, cultures after the crush of tourists arrive. It’s playing at the American Natural History Museum on Saturday, October 19, and should be required viewing for all thoughtful travelers.” —Conde Nast Traveler

“a thought-provoking documentary…that largely de-romanticizes a travel subculture that thrives on romanticized self-perception…but it’s not an anti-backpacker film. In fact, it ends on a hopeful, prescriptive note” —Travel Weekly

“In GRINGO TRAILS, Vail travels around the world to show how travelers are affected by the romance of packaged travel stories in the media as well as through word of mouth. Adventure becomes a commodity…How do we reconcile our romantic images of the world with the truth of what our presence in those places means?” Gadling

“It’s a compelling but tragic story: how all over the world we’re destroying the places we love by the very plentitude of our love, how pristine beaches and verdant rain forests and even remote deserts are being overwhelmed by great swarms of backpacking tourists. Pegi Vail is a genius at coaxing out all the small stories that add up at last to her terrible heartbreaking vision: the plague of too much us.” —George Green, writer/founder,  The Moth

“If you love to travel, and want to do it responsibly, see this wonderfully nuanced, funny film that shows the joy and horror of travel, and gives you a visa to some possible solutions.”  —Pamela Yates, documentary filmmaker

“What is striking about all the natives interviewed in the film’s many varied locations is how soft spoken they are. The idea of a free-for-all, of the laissez-faire tourist loudly doing whatever he or she wants, may be waning, and the idea of all of us as guests on earth may be taking hold.”WG

“effective scenes of tourists making innocent mistakes that have real consequences” Fox News