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.
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.