At the Battle of the Wilderness, a war-hardened, North Carolina Confederate soldier makes a fateful decision in the heat of battle that sends him on a journey home through a parallel wilderness. May 5, 1864, Battle of the Wilderness, Cumberland Gap Campaign, American Civil War – Jeremiah Bowman, a nine year-old slave boy, loves to wander free in the forest. Only this time, he finds himself trapped between Confederate and Union lines. Just as all hell breaks loose, Samuel Barnett, a Confederate soldier with deeply-held Southern convictions, must face his own internal demons to make a decision that will determine the course of the rest of his life. From that moment on, the two unlikely companions take a journey through the ethereal back country of America and a parallel wilderness.
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.