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2014 Wine Country Film Festival

Druid Peak

Directed by Marni Zelnick

EcoCInema / USA / 2014 / Nature, News / 111 mins / English

Druid Peak

Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
September 18, 2014 7:45 pm


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 Wyoming.

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 a home tracking wolves in the wild lands of the Wyoming.

Sixteen year-old Owen 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, lashing out against school and family.  But when his actions lead to the death of a friend, Owen is sent to live with his estranged father, Everett, a biologist on Yellowstone’s wolf reintroduction program.

IMG_5192At first, Owen wants no part of this new life.  Then he comes face to face with a Canadian grey 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.  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 them.

Shot on location in West Virginia, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Utah, Druid Peak stars Andrew Wilson (Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums), Spencer Treat Clark (Mystic River, Gladiator), Rachel Korine (Spring Breakers, Septien) and the wolves of Wasatch Rocky Mountain Wildlife (White Fang, Into the Wild).

Best Theatrical Program Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
With Executive Producer  Maureen Mayer and Amaroq Weiss In Person.

The perfect choice for an Outdoor Show in the Heart of the Valley of the Moon!  Food for purchase: Gourmet Theater Concessions, Wild Boar, Salmon and a Vegetarian dish. Wine by the glass.

Director's Bio

Marni Zelnick is a producer/director originally from Great Falls, Virginia.  She has served on the production team for several award winning films including:  Producer on James Franco’s THE CLERK’S TALE (Official Selection 2010 Cannes Film Festival); Assistant Director on HOMEWRECKER (Best of Next 2010 Sundance Film Festival) and WILLIAM VINCENT (Official Selection 2010 Tribeca Film Festival); Associate Producer on CAMP VICTORY, AFGHANISTAN (2010 SXSW Film Festival); Producer on New York visual artist Carter’s feature debut, MALADIES (in post production), starring James Franco and Catherine Keener; and, most recently, Producer on THE STARE, written and directed by Jay Anania and starring James Franco and Winona Ryder. As a screenwriter, her feature screenplay THE STRAIGHT was a finalist for the 2010 Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Award and her most recent project, DRUID PEAK, is the recipient of a $100,000 Sloan Foundation Feature Film Production Award.

Prior to her film career she served as a freelance journalist and worked for Refugees International, a Washington D.C. based advocacy NGO.  She was quickly sent to Thailand, where she spent months living with and documenting the lives of the endangered Mlabri people. Her photographs and writing were instrumental in the effort to attain recognition and support for the group from the Thai government. She earned her MFA from NYU’s graduate film program.  She graduated with honors from Dartmouth College, with a double major in Creative Writing and Film Production where she received the Lockwood Prize for Poetry for her collection Love, War and Other Childhood Memories.

Cinematographer’s Biography

Cinematographer Rachel Morrison has emerged as a young talent at the forefront of independent cinema, channeling each story’s core emotion into arresting imagery.

Morrison recently lensed Fruitvale Station, winner of both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  The film also took home the Prix de l’avenir (Prize of the Future) in the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes.  Last June, Morrison received Kodak’s Vision Award at the annual Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, for her outstanding achievements in cinematography.

Morrison has lensed four Sundance premieres in the past four years: Little Accidents, Fruitvale Station, Sound of My Voice and Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.  In 2012, she also lensed Any Day Now, starring Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt. The film won the Audience Award at eight festivals, including Tribeca.

After completing a Masters degree in cinematography at the American Film Institute, Morrison honed her craft lensing for television. Her work has been featured on most major TV networks including HBO, ABC, MTV, IFC, Biography, Comedy Central, E!, CBS and OWN. She received an Emmy nomination for Showtime’s Riker’s High, a documentary about a high school within the Riker’s Island prison system.

Morrison’s upcoming projects include Little Accidents starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, and Chloe Sevigny and Cake starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, and Sam Worthington.


Writer: Marni Zelnick
Executive Producer: Maureen Mayer, John Walsh III , Jackie Walsh
Producer: Dana Morgan, Julie Buck, Jeff Petriello
Producer: Second Unit: Noah Greenberg
Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison

Preceded By

  1. Amaroq Weiss from the West Coast Wolf Organizer, Center for Biological Diversity shares her knowledge about wolves

    Preceding Druid Peak at 7pm Amaroq Weiss from the Center for Biological Diversity will be speaking to us about wolves. She will also be available after the film to answer questions. Amaroq Weiss is the West Coast Wolf Organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity, covers wolf issues in California, Oregon and Washington as well as in the northern Rockies and on the federal front, and has worked in wolf conservation for over 17 years. She was a stakeholder representative in the process that helped draft Oregon’s wolf conservation and management plan, and is currently a stakeholder representative in the same process now underway in California. Her background as a biologist, former lawyer and rural resident provides a well-rounded perspective on wolves, and the biological, cultural and political issues surrounding this species. Amaroq has a B.S. from Iowa State University, and M.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. from University of California Hastings.

    Preceded by: Authentic Wolf Sounds recorded in Algonquin Park, Ontario

    Precedes: Druid Peak

  2. Authentic Wolf Sounds recorded in Algonquin Park, Ontario

    Experience the thrill of hearing authentic Wolf Sounds recorded in Algonquin Park, Ontario, by Glen Ellen recordist Bernie Krause, Wild Life Sanctuary.

    Precedes: Amaroq Weiss from the West Coast Wolf Organizer, Center for Biological Diversity shares her knowledge about wolves, Druid Peak

Dates & Times

Druid Peak

Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
September 18, 2014 7:45 pm