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Dawn Wilkinson | Short Film | Canada | 2012 | 12 mins | English

When Linda Michaels (Penny Eizenga) wakes to find her teenaged son, Kevin (Jamie Johnston), has left home in the middle of the night, she begins the all-too-familiar search for him in the gritty downtown streets of the city. Kevin refuses treatment for schizophrenia, causing him to become more and more erratic and paranoid. Linda visits the mental health clinic, but privacy laws prevent her from learning about Kevins medical status. Frustrated and helpless, she walks the streets and alleys in a desperate attempt to find him, only to see first hand, the homelessness and addiction that may well be a reality in Kevins future.

Wilderness, is about the enormous suffering experienced by those who stand alongside the people they love and care about who struggle with severe mental illness.

Director: Dawn Wilkinson
Writer: Penny Eizenga
Stars: Penny Eizenga, Jamie Johnston, Kevin B Hartley
Produced by Foad Almassi
Cinematography by Ricardo Diaz
Music by Evelyne Datl
Film Editing by Dominique Naipaul
Nominated Canadian Cinema Editors Award -Best Editing in Short Film Dominique Naipaul
WorldFest Houston 2012 Won - Platinum Award Independent Short Subject-Film & Video - Dramatic-Original