WILD, a Story of Strength, Courage, Renewal

22 Nov, 2014

Wild, a film by director Jean-Marc Vallée, stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Dern received the MVFF Award on October 12th, Closing Night of the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival. It was presented by award-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL•E, A Bug’s Life). The film is based on the intriguing and utterly truthful best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed about a woman who, mourning the loss of her mother and a troubled past, hikes the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail in hopes of gaining closure to her past life and experiencing emotional renewal. Both Witherspoon, as the film’s main character, and Dern, playing the supporting role as Strayed’s beloved and deceased mother, give applaudable performances emphasizing female strength and courage.

Watch our MVFF37 interview with Laura Dern:

Laura Dern Closing Night of the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival | Photo by Jonathan Shensa

Laura Dern Closing Night of the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival
Photo by Jonathan Shensa

Dern, the daughter of celebrated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd has made a lasting impression in films such as Mask, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Rambling Rose, Jurassic Park, and Citizen Ruth, as well as recently won a Golden Globe for her work in the critically praised HBO series Enlightened. Dern’s career continues on the upswing with recent cinematic hits, The Master and The Fault in Our Stars, as well as Wild.

About the author

Cindy Maram

Cindy Maram is Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Dig In Magazine. She is an accredited film journalist for Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and CAAMFest, as well as fashion & style photographer/blogger for London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, professional sports photographer/writer and art critic. She is a writer, vlogger & social media community manager possessing a B.A from UC Davis and a M.A. in Mass Communications + Popular Culture Studies emphasis in Film/Marketing/Writing from Cal State Fullerton.

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