Though work as a journalist carried Charles across the globe, it was a small, simple cabin on a country road in the Northern Ozarks that never failed to bring him pleasure and respite. For five months, KCPT videographer Dave Burkhardt spent hot days, misty mornings and chilly evenings with him in St. Clair County, recording the rhythms of life in and around the rustic structure.
From fishing expeditions on Lake Katie (named for Gusewelle’s wife) or hunting for morel mushrooms, to the annual gathering of old friends who wouldn’t dream of missing turkey season, “Away From It All” gives us an intimate glimpse of the little clearing in the woods where the author’s heart lived.
“I’ve led a remarkably lucky life,” Charles liked to say, and the stories he’s compiled attest to that. With this visually rich production he graciously revealed to those who’ve only been able to read about “the cabin” the many ways that it inspired and nurtured his writing, his family, and friendships.
This film originally aired Fall, 2014.