SUN VALLEY, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley, an official selection at the first-ever Sun Valley Film Festival, cuts to the emotional core of one of the most divisive topics in the American West: the wolf. The hour-long documentary provides a rare glimpse into the world of “wolf-lovers” and “wolf-haters” as it follows events surrounding the first legal wolf-hunting season that took place in Idaho in 2009, the by-product of a highly successful and contentious reintroduction of the species into the American West in the mid-1990s.
Sun Valley Film Festival director Sabina Dana Plasse comments, “It is a thrill to present Sun Valley resident DeSiree’ Fawn’s first film The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley. Her film surpasses political controversy to understand the human heart.”
Filmmaker DeSiree’ Fawn is a fifth generation native to the Sun Valley area and recent graduate of the innovative MA in Media Studies graduate program at The New School in New York. Ms. Fawn comes from a background in the historic ranching community lying at the foothills of Sun Valley but was eventually raised in the Sun Valley resort, a jet-setting liberal hub located smack dab in the center of rural, conservative Idaho.
“As I learned more about the starkly opposing viewpoints regarding wolves in Idaho while filming the documentary, I came to see this position as a representation of the two very different worlds I grew up in, and as a symbol of the cultural differences dividing the American West today,” said filmmaker DeSiree’ Fawn.
The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley is scheduled to appear at the Sun Valley Film Festival on March 16th at 2:30pm.
The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley is the recipient of the Yosemite Film Festival’s Silver Sierra Award, The Accolade Competition’s Award of Merit, and has screened at several other film festivals, including the Kansas International Film Festival, the Landlocked Film Festival, and DocuTah. The film has celebrated several sold out screenings in Idaho and the Boise Weekly called the film, “Brief but poignant. Even in its silences, the film is telling.”
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