INTO THE WILDERNESS is a dark-comedy, thriller, independent feature film.
Many films in this genre end up overly-focused on the bloodshed of war or are ideologically motivated pieces pushing preconceived and stereotypical ideas.
This film is neither.
Much like a Mark Twain yarn, INTO THE WILDERNESS is a well-spun traveler’s tale that tells the story of two characters making their way through the forest, on their way across a war-ravaged country. Quirky characters step into frame to celebrate, delight, and challenge the duo and the audience.
This story needs to be told. And, our cultural landscape couldn’t be more perfect for it than it is right now. This is a timely film with a positive message offering a message of hope in a divided country, from a very different point of view. It firmly places the idea of choice and change into the hands of the individual.
Brilliantly portrayed by Olivier and Tony Award winning actor, Shuler Hensley, INTO THE WILDERNESS explores Confederate soldier, Samuel Barnett’s self loathing, social and cultural identity, and circumstances, in the heat of battle. It challenges the audience to rise above what the man looks to be on the surface. The film forces difficult and current discussions into the light, in a way that focuses on growth and the potential for people to change their conditioning to be better human beings and act out of a desire to love and be loved, instead of acting in anger, hate, and fear.