Druid Peak is a narrative feature film about a troubled teenage boy who finds a home tracking wolves in the wild.
"On the ragged edge of the world I'll roam, and the home of the wolf shall be my home."
--Robert Service, The Nostomaniac
Set against the backdrop of the wolf reintroduction program in Yellowstone National Park, Druid Peak is a coming of age story about a troubled teenage boy who finds his place in the world tracking wolves in the wild lands of the Wyoming.
Sixteen year-old Owen (Spencer Treat Clark) isn't just rebellious-- he's a bully with a mean streak. Growing up in coal country West Virginia, he struggles against the claustrophobia of small town life and the displacement he feels as the only child of his mother's first marriage. With anger he can't contain, he lashes out against school and family. But when his actions lead to the accidental death of a friend, his mother decides the only way to save him is to send him away. Owen is shipped off to live with his father, Everett Wagner (Andrew Wilson), a biologist working on Yellowstone's wolf reintroduction program. At first, Owen wants no part of this new life. But on a failed attempt to escape the park, he has his first encounter with a Canadian gray wolf. The creature's deep, penetrating gaze startles him-- stirring something long dead inside his own self.
Sensing the first signs of change in his son, Everett encourages Owen to collect some basic data about the wolf he saw and its family pack-- the Druid Peak pack. Owen's small assignment grows into a passion and his own life becomes deeply tied to the Druid Peak wolves and their struggle for survival. When a change in government policy threatens the animals, Owen must decide how far he will go to protect the wolves, his father, and the place he has finally come to call home.
Shot on location in West Virginia, Wyoming and Montana, Druid Peak stars Andrew Wilson (Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums, Whip It), Spencer Treat Clark (The Last House on the Left, Mystic River, Gladiator), and the wolves of Wasatch Rocky Mountain Wildlife (White Fang, Into the Wild, Zookeeper). A coming of age story with a conservation twist, Druid Peak is a film about the human soul's need for wild things, and the challenges of holding onto those places.
MAUREEN MAYER – Executive Producer
Maureen Mayer brings a wealth of compassion, precision, and performance to her role as Executive Producer of “Druid Peak.” Trained as a neonatal ICU RN, she learned as a part of the University of Utah’s elite flight nurse team to take potential disaster and turn it into success. She has spent parts of over 30 years in the Intermountain West and the last 20 in Jackson, WY. She has worked as a volunteer at Lake Hospital in Yellowstone National Park and has a deep familiarity with the world’s first national park. She believes strongly that, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.”
She is a prolific fund raiser for numerous causes, including Chair of the Inova Health System Gala, which raised over $1 million for emergency and disaster preparedness in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, as well as the 2002 Ride to Remember, a bicycle ride from Ground Zero in New York City to the Pentagon over 4 days. She has served on the boards of the Snake River Institute in Wilson, WY and Indian Springs Ranch HOA in Jackson, WY as well as the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia. Maureen also co-chaired The Devil’s Advocates, which supports the men’s lacrosse program at Duke University, winners of the NCAA national championship in 2010 and is currently serving on the board of The Vital Ground Foundation
JULIE BUCK - Producer
Julie Buck is a New York-based producer who has produced five films in the last two years. She is currently in development on three features as well as post-production on another feature, Devoured, a low budget horror film (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2010976/). Julie also works regularly in association with Rabbit Bandini, James Franco’s production company, as a production supervisor. Her most recent short film, Salar, has been an official selection at numerous festivals including Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs, Nantucket, BFI London Film Festival and was recently named best narrative short at the Austin Film Festival. Her previous film, Loop Planes, was the winner of the Massify/Killer Films production grant and was an official selection at Tribeca Film Festival, South by Southwest, Outfest, as well as 40 other festivals. Before moving into production, Buck served for six years as the head of film conservation at the Harvard University Film Archive and worked as a guest film curator at Harvard, MIT, George Eastman House and other venues in the US and abroad. Buck has an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, a certificate in film preservation from George Eastman House, and an MFA from Columbia University.
DANA MORGAN - Producer
Dana Morgan worked as James Franco’s assistant for two and a half years, during which time she was involved in the creative development and production of numerous film and art projects including the short film The Clerk’s Tale, which screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and Saturday Night, a feature-length documentary on Saturday Night Live due to be released later this year.
She also explored the convergence of performance art and film while acting in “Three’s Company: The Drama” which was part of the New Frontier selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and with her creative collaboration on the multi-medium homage art project Rebel. Dana grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which founded the deep appreciation for the outdoors that she now brings with her into the production of “Druid Peak”.
JEFF PETRIELLO - Producer
Jeff is very happy to be producing Druid Peak. Having worked with Marni Zelnick since day one on the job, he is both honored and eager to craft Druid Peak into the best movie ever. It is with infinite thanks to his family and friends, with whose constant and remarkable support he’s able to do anything at all, that he presses forward on this wild adventure into new filmmaking.
Jeff studied Philosophy at Columbia University, but owes much to the graduate film program at NYU, through which he’s met so many wonderful and inspiring coworkers, mentors, and friends.
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