Medicine of the Wolf


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Apr 21, 2016 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Apr 21, 2016 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Apr 22, 2016 9:00 AM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Apr 22, 2016 12:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Apr 21, 2017 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Apr 21, 2017 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Film
Release Year:2015
Run Time:74 minutes
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Julia Huffman


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of “Medicine of the Wolf” showing Friday, April 21 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in celebration of Sedona Wolf Week. The event will feature a special appearance by wolf pups (Thor, Loki, Kona and Taboo) along with Apex Protection Project founders Paula Ficara and Steve Wastell.

In this beautiful and important documentary, filmmaker Julia Huffman travels to Minnesota and into wolf country to pursue the deep intrinsic value of brother wolf and our forgotten promise to him.

“Medicine of the Wolf” will take viewers on a journey to understand the powerful relationship that we have with the wolf by interviewing prominent people who represent the different levels of connection to this ancient and iconic species — from Ojibwe creation stories that reflect our interconnectivity to all things, to a lifetime of observations of a complex and dynamic family unit, to a wolf scientist expressing his layered findings in an over 50 year study of the delicate web that wolves weave into our ecosystem.

“Medicine of the Wolf” centers on the remarkable, world-renowned environmentalist and National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg, who has photographed, studied and been on the ground with wolves for 45 years — longer than anyone in history. As our guide, Brandenburg enables us to see the world of the wolf as we have never seen it before. The film also has a crucial message for us: The gray wolf must be preserved on the endangered species list.

Filmmaker Julia Huffman has won the first place Animal Content in Entertainment Award from the Humane Society of the United States for “Medicine of the Wolf”.  The film was predominantly funded through a successful kick starter campaign, with people from all over the world donating to see the film happen. The film has been praised and endorsed by Dr, Jane Goodall, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, Michael Stipe, Jim and Jamie Dutcher from Living with Wolves, to name a few. “Medicine of the Wolf” won the Grand Jury Award at the Arizona International Film Festival, the Audience choice Award at Minneapolis International Film Festival and the Audience pick at the G2 Green Earth Film Festival in Venice, CA.

Apex Protection Project, and wolf pups Thor, Loki, Kona and Taboo will be in the theater for a short presentation and Q & A following both screenings.

In April 2010, Paula Ficara and Steve Wastell discovered a place that would change the course of their lives: a young wolfdog rescue just getting its start in Los Angeles County. Together, they’ve helped rescue and rehabilitate over 50 wolves and wolf dogs, developed educational events and programs, and been active advocates for captive bred wolves and wolfdogs, as well as wolves in the wild. Today they run Apex Protection Project, a non-profit dedicated to continuing the quest of protecting wolves and wolf dogs through educational experiences, rescue, and advocacy with the dream of future generations living in a world where the wolf is protected and respected. More information on the program can be found at

Meet these beautiful animals at this special film presentation and Q&A discussion.