Boston in the 1920s. A young East Coast debutante is dating the most eligible bachelor in the world, John D. Rockefeller III. Her future seems set: a dream life in the upper echelons of society. But when she least expects it, she meets a young painter from one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Their worlds are polar opposites, and as their attraction turns their lives upside down, they soon face a universal question: Can you find “home” in another person? Inspired by a true story.
Starring JUAN RIEDINGER (narcos, the romeo section), golden globe and emmy nominee KATE MULGREW (orange is the new black, star trek voyager), emmy winner and golden globe nominee PETER STRAUSS (state of the union; rich man, poor man), TORRANCE COOMBS (reign, the tudors), KRISTIN GRIFFITH (king of the hill, the europeans, interiors), CHRISTIAN CAMPBELL as well as golden globe winner RUTGER HAUER (true blood, batman begins, blade runner) and WALLACE SHAWN (gossip girl, toy story, the princess bride), and introducing JULIE LYNN MORTENSEN as catharine robb whyte.
The theme song “Stars in My Eyes” is performed by academy award and grammy nominee JUDY COLLINS.
Produced in association with Fresh Dog Productions.
DRAWING HOME celebrated its world premiere on november 2 at the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in canada where it was a FINALIST in the banff mountain film competition. It was programmed into 24 FILM FESTIVALS in 15 countries, becoming FINALIST three times, winning 7 AWARDS in the categories BEST FILM, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY and BEST ACTORS and garnering 4 NOMINATIONS in the categories BEST FILM, BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY and BEST ACTOR. The film's theme song won BEST THEME SONG FROM A DRAMA at a music festival. It was theatrically released in the U.S. on december 2, 2017 and in Canada on october 1, 2018.
Fate had me arrive in Banff, Alberta on a Western Canadian road trip in early 2007, where, on my last day in town and an hour before closing, I happened to come across a museum exhibit in its final weeks, featuring two deceased residents of Banff, Peter and Catharine Whyte. They had left behind a legacy in mountain painting as well as the spellbinding story of their lives. As I was wandering though the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, soaking up the story and the displays, I felt like meeting two new friends. Peter and Catharine were so very present in that exhibit, one of the most exquisitely curated ones I had ever seen. The values in their story that were instantly evident to me included the powerful combination of passion, generosity and modesty. This was not just the legacy of two passionate artists, it was not only the story of two modestly anonymous philanthropists and it was not only a love story. This was a celebration of art, love and life, an example of having the courage to trusting one’s heart unshakably and finding one’s home in life, in one’s passion and in each other. I immediately altered my travel plans and began my research on Peter and Catharine Whyte with a growing urge to make a film telling their story to the world. The Canadian Rocky Mountains deserve nothing less than a big screen, which is why I was adamant that my production take the form of a feature film.
The entire team of DRAWING HOME, which took years to mount, immediately grasped the numerous exemplary human values that can be found in the story. Together, we worked on the film on two continents, in seven countries, five time zones and six languages, giving the story a global embrace.
The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, founded by Peter and Catharine Whyte, has been of loyal support, providing full access to their archives which house, among countless artworks and personal memorabilia of the couple, the complete correspondence between Catharine Whyte and her mother in Concord, Massachusetts who, over the course of 30 years, exchanged some 1,800 letters which can be compared to detailed journal entries. The museum furthermore gave us permission to film inside Peter and Catharine’s seemingly untouched, actual home. It had not been empty for over half a decade until we brought in our furnishings, as the original ones cannot be handled due to being artifacts. We also lit the fireplace for the first time in decades. Parks Canada assisted us tremendously, waiving all park fees and even giving us unprecedented permission to be airlifted to Skoki Lodge during winter. I am also grateful to the Whyte and Robb families who welcomed us to their homes in Banff and Concord, Massachusetts, respectively, sharing pictures and stories about their ancestors, arranging for our visit to Skoki in Alberta and inviting us on a tour through Catharine’s actual childhood home in Massachusetts.
Our fiercely talented and collegial cast is led by Canadian treasures, Juan Riedinger and newcomer Julie Lynn Mortensen, bringing the story to life in a way that exceeded all my expectations. They are joined by a stellar supporting cast, including Kate Mulgrew, Peter Strauss, Torrance Coombs, Kristin Griffith, Christian Campbell as well as Rutger Hauer and Wallace Shawn. I am particularly proud of our crews in California, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Massachusetts, New York, Bermuda, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Last but not least, I am so proud of the great Judy Collins and her contribution of the film’s original theme song, “Stars in My Eyes.”
DRAWING HOME offers the opportunity to visit stunning Western Canada, a truly humbling part of the world, and invite to a reflection about the art of human partnerships as well as the meaning of “home.”
Margarethe Baillou, Producer
Juan Riedinger Peter Whyte
Juan Riedinger is an award-winning actor and film director. Juan began his professional acting career in Vancouver with his first role as a series regular on Bravo’s series GODIVA'S. This led to a long list of roles, including appearances on various other television shows, such as SMALLVILLE, INTELLIGENCE, BLOOD TIES, THE GUARD, FRINGE, HUMAN TARGET and CONTINUUM. His film credits include GRAVE ENCOUNTERS, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, ALIENS VS. PREDATOR, HAVANA 57, MARYLIN and BLACK CHRISTMAS. He also had supporting roles alongside Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried in JENNIFER'S BODY and in HARDWIRED, opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. and Val Kilmer. As a director, Juan has completed twelve short films since 2008, including the award-winning SHARK OUT OF WATER and BIRTH DAY. He recently completed his film FLOAT. Juan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Sciences in Biology with a minor in Drama from the University of Calgary. Born and raised amidst the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta to a Peruvian mother and a German father, he speaks both Spanish and German fluently. Together with his wife, he lives in Los Angeles.
Julie Lynn Mortensen Catharine Robb Whyte
Julie Lynn Mortensen is a stage and screen actress. Born amidst the stunning mountains featured in DRAWING HOME, Calgary native Julie Lynn Mortensen is an accomplished actress for the stage and screen with a strong background in classic and contemporary theatre. The lead role of Catharine Robb Whyte is her very first film role. Playing a woman as inspiring as Catharine sparked such love for the camera that Julie Lynn now "draws home" in Vancouver’s vibrant film and television community where she acts, teaches acting, and exercises a range of creative passions. An entrepreneur and educator as well as a performer, she holds a B.F.A. in Acting plus a B. Comm. and a B. Ed. in Arts Education. Much like Catharine Whyte, Julie Lynn believes that one's creative life is the greatest work of art that can be offered to the world, and so it feels appropriate to be telling this story of a woman who chose such heartfelt and steadfast love, wild beauty and soulful freedom.
Kate Mulgrew Edith Morse Robb
Golden Globe and Emmy Nominee Kate Mulgrew has had a distinguished career in theater, television and film. A few of her notable theatrical roles include Emily in OUR TOWN, Tracy Lord in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, HEDDA GABLER and her award-winning turn as Katharine Hepburn in TEA AT FIVE. She was honored with the off-Broadway’s Obie Award for her portrayal of Clytemnestra in IPHIGENIA 2.0. Selected noteworthy television roles include Mary Ryan (RYAN'S HOPE), Mrs. Columbo and Dr. Joanne Springsteen (HEARTBEAT). In 1995, Kate created the iconic role of Captain Kathryn Janeway on STAR TREK: VOYAGER, making her the first female captain of a STAR TREK series and earning her a Golden Globes nomination. Among her films are the classic comedy THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS, and most recently, the award-winning docudrama THE RESPONSE. Kate is currently shooting the new TV series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. She is a passionate advocate against Alzheimer's disease. Kate studied at the New York University Stella Adler Conservatory and received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for Artistic Contribution from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, P.A. A mother of three, she lives in New York City.
Peter Strauss Russell Robb, Sr.
Emmy Winner and Golden Globe Nominee Peter Strauss is a versatile leading television, stage and film actor. An Emmy winner and five-time Golden Globes nominee, his first film appearance was in 1969's HAIL HERO. He attained stardom in the role of Rudy Jordache in the pioneering TV miniseries RICH MAN, POOR MAN and went on to become one of the stalwarts of the made-for-TV movie form. His roles in this genre have included the title characters in YOUNG JOE, THE FORGOTTEN KENNEDY; PETER GUNN and THICKER THAN BLOOD: THE LARRY MCLINDEN STORY. In 1979, Peter won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special for his portrayal of prison lifer-turned-Olympic runner Larry "Rain" Murphy in THE JERICHO MILE. His film credits include LICENSE TO WED, XXX: STATE OF THE UNION, THE SECRET OF NIMH, FLIGHT OF THE BLACK ANGEL and NICK OF TIME. Currently, he is starring as Gunner in the off-Broadway presentation of the Delaware Theatre Company's production of Bruce Graham's THE OUTGOING TIDE. Peter donated his former residence in Agoura, California to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. It has since been acquired by the National Park Service and is now open to the public as "Peter Strauss Ranch." He serves on many community committees, including the National Search Dog Foundation, Ojai Youth Foundation, Ojai Film Society and Ojai Music Festival. He received his training at Northwestern University. A father of three, Peter and his wife split their time between Ojai, California and New York City.
Torrance Coombs Raymond "Kit" Paley
Torrance Coombs is a Vancouver-born film, theater and television actor. Best known for his role as Thomas Culpepper on the hit series THE TUDORS, his credits include JPOD, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and END GAME. He currently plays Chase Powers in the hit television series HEARTLAND. Torrance holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He resides in Los Angeles.
Kristin Griffith Jean Caird
Kristin Griffith is a celebrated television, stage and film actress. In 1978, she made her screen debut as Flyn, opposite Diane Keaton and Mary Beth Hurt, in Woody Allen's INTERIORS. She furthermore starred as Lizze Acton in the Merchan Ivory film THE EUROPEANS and in Steven Soderbergh's KING OF THE HILL, with Elizabeth McGovern and Spalding Gray. Additional film credits include ROSE HILL and THE LONG WAY HOME with Jack Lemmon. Kristin has guest-starred on television series BLUE BLOODS, NEW AMSTERDAM, THIRD WATCH and all franchises of LAW & ORDER. Recently seen in the play MARY BROOME at New York City's Mint Theater, she also played leading roles in THE CHARITY THAT BEGAN AT HOME, MR. PIM PASSES BY and THE TRUTH ABOUT BLADES. Together with her family, she resides in New York City.
Christian Campbell Cliff Whyte
Christian Campbell is an acclaimed theater trained actor, producer and director. Born in Toronto and raised into an acting family that had him onstage and working professionally by the age of 14, his first appearance was on DEGRASSI HIGH. He was cast in his first series regular role as Teddy Delacourt in MALIBU SHORES for Aaron Spelling. Christian founded and heads the theater company, Blue Sphere Alliance, in Los Angeles, California. In the late 1990s, he received newfound attention for his breakout role as Gabriel in the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated film TRICK. He created the role of Jimmy Harper in the L.A. stage musical REEFER MADNESS which won him Ovation and Drama Circle awards. Christian reprised the role when the musical moved to New York and then to the small screen as REEFER MADNESS: THE MOVIE MUSICAL for Showtime. His long list of credits includes series regular roles on THE BOOK OF DANIEL, ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE NIGHT, IBID, BETRAYED, PRETTY DEAD GIRL and CASINO JACK. Onstage, he portrayed the ill-fated writer, Jonathon Larson, in London and U.S. productions of TICK, TICK BOOM! In 2010, Christian joined the cast for the final season of HBO's BIG LOVE in the role of Greg Ivey. He studied at Ryerson University in Toronto. Together with his wife, they split their time between Toronto, Los Angeles and New York City.
Rutger Hauer Carl Rungius
Golden Globe Winner Rutger Hauer is a world-renown stage, television and film actor. His career began in 1969 with the title role in the popular Dutch television series FLORIS. He went on to star in BLADE RUNNER, BATMAN BEGINS, FLESH + BLOOD, BLIND FURY, THE HITCHER, NIGHTHAWKS, WEDLOCK, SIN CITY, CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, LADYHAWKE, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND, THE BLOOD OF HEROES, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN and THE RIDE. Rutger received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for ESCAPE FROM SOBIBOR. He is currently shooting season 6 of the hit TV series TRUE BLOOD as a new series regular. He is a dedicated environmentalist and founded an AIDS awareness organization, the Ruger Hauer Starfish Association. A father of one, he lives with his wife in Los Angeles.
Wallace Shawn The Tourist
Wallace Shawn is an award-winning actor and writer with a distinguished career on stage, TV and film. The son of renowned editor William Shawn, of the New Yorker, Wallace's long list of acclaimed TV roles include GOSSIP GIRL, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, ALLY MCBEAL, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, TAXI and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT. His film credits include MELINDA AND MELINDA by Woody Allen, CLUELESS, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, A LITTLE SEX and THE BOSTONIANS. He has lent his voice to animated projects, including TOY STORY, THE INCREDIBLES, A GOOFY MOVIE and HAPPILY N'EVER AFTER. Wallace is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied history, and Magdalen College at Oxford. Together with his family, he lives in New York City.