A new short film, written and starring Whitney Wegman-Wood and featuring Herb Jackson Jr as associate producer has become the latest film to be confirmed for the Coronado Island Film Festival later this winter. Already making waves on the festival circuit, The Last Butterflies is a gripping short film which charts the fortunes of a small family facing environmental disaster and a perilous choice.
Written by Wegman-Wood and directed by Patrick Rea, the short follows family patriarch (Cooper Andrews), a brilliant NASA scientist, who finds himself at the forefront of a world on the brink of ecological collapse and societal breakdown. As chaos engulfs his family's once peaceful lives, he and his wife (Whitney Wegman-Wood) become determined to protect their young daughter (Ivy Hickman), at all costs. When widespread environmental catastrophe begins to spur massive civil unrest, Dad, Mom, and their young daughter face an agonizing decision: stay and risk their lives in a crumbling society or embark on a perilous journey into the unforgiving Canadian wilderness in search of refuge.
Their final destination: Baker Lake, a potential safe haven where they may find clean water, shelter and hope. Their story is a journey that is fraught with challenges: treacherous terrain, harsh weather, and the ever-present threat of desperate, fellow survivors. Each step forward is marked by setbacks and heartaches, testing the limits of their endurance and the strength of their familial bonds.
Actor and writer Whitney Wegman Wood said, “To date, this film is the thing I am most proud of in my career. I put so much of myself into it; my fears, my tenacity, my blood, sweat, and tears. I had an old professor when I was training in theater who always said, “Leave it all on the stage.” I feel like with The Last Butterflies I left it all on the screen. I have completely laid bare my vulnerabilities as a writer, an actor, and as a human being. It took me many years since my early training to get to a place where I could open my heart like this, but it is an achievement I am deeply proud of.”
Herb Jackson Jr. served as associate producer and has a small role in the film. He said, "I feel extremely fortunate to have worked on The Last Butterflies. I really appreciate Whitney for reaching out to me. She wrote an amazing story, which was based on a series of nightmares she had, and I’m so happy to have been involved with her project.
“Working with Cooper Andrews & Adam Boyer was beyond incredible and our crew, led by Patrick Rea, was really fun to work with. Also, a big shout out to the folks in Mildred, Kansas. They could not have been more welcoming and supportive during filming there. Everyone involved with this project has been wonderful to work with and I can’t wait to see it shown in Coronado.”