Everything to know about indie drama ‘Year of the Fox’
SARAH JEFFERY, JANE ADAMS, JAKE WEBER, AND BALTHAZAR GETTY TO STAR IN YEAR OF THE FOX, THE LATEST FEATURE FROM AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR MEGAN GRIFFITHS, WHICH JUST WRAPPED PRODUCTION.
Year of the Fox, the latest feature film from acclaimed director Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them, Eden, The Off Hours), has just wrapped, starring Jane Adams, Jake Weber, Balthazar Getty, and as the lead, Sarah Jeffery (Shades of Blue, Charmed Reboot).
Logline: “Teenage girls in 1997 Aspen have all the right choices and all the wrong influences.”
Writer – Eliza Flug
Director – Megan Griffiths
Producers: Eliza Flug, Lacey Leavitt, Jennifer Roth
Star cast – Sarah Jeffery, Jane Adams, Jake Weber, Balthazar Getty
Filming for the production took place in Washington State.
Written by Eliza Flug, Year of the Fox is a fictionalized depiction of teenage experiences and personal encounters Flug had while growing up in Aspen, Colorado, during the last of its utopian heyday. The script explores themes of burgeoning sexuality, identity as an adopted person, and struggles with mental health.
Film Overview: Set in 1997, Year of the Fox tells the story of 17-year-old Ivy (Sarah Jeffery), who was adopted as an infant into a wealthy and notable Aspen family and is now navigating the fallout of her parents’ bitter divorce. Ivy’s mother, Paulene (Jane Adams), prepares to relocate to her native Seattle, taking Ivy with her. But Ivy’s influential and controlling father, Huxley (Jake Weber), pulls Ivy ever closer by inviting her and her friends into Aspen’s bacchanalian party scene, where Ivy’s attachment issues align with the predatory nature of a charming older man (Balthazar Getty). As she watches her mother retreat, her father detach, and her best friend Layla (Lexi Simonsen) get drawn into a tricky world of elitism and validation, Ivy struggles to find her own path without stumbling.
The stellar cast, assembled by Amey Rene Casting, is rounded out by supporting cast Amanda Brugel, Arden Myrin, Mariano González, Sabrina Haskett, Alma Delfina, and Linas Phillips.
“A reckoning has been taking place over the past few years regarding how our culture treated Monica Lewinsky, Britney Spears, Anita Hill, and so many other women who entered the public eye in the late 90s,”- Director Megan Griffiths. “I believe that Year of the Fox has something to add to this conversation. It is a story that explores the dangers of allowing powerful men to dictate who you should be, and the freedom that can come with seeking that answer within yourself.”
Lacey Leavitt (Sadie, Safety Not Guaranteed, Outside In) and Jennifer Roth (Blood Father, Mudbound, Black Swan) produced the film alongside Flug.
Sarah Jeffery currently plays series regular “Maggie” on CBS/CW’s “Charmed,” executive produced by Jennie Snyder Urman (“Jane the Virgin”). Sarah co-starred opposite Stephan James in the indie Across the Line, directed by Director X. For three seasons Jeffery played Jennifer Lopez’s daughter on NBC’s “Shades of Blue.” Other credits include recurring on M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines” on FOX, opposite Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo, and playing Thandie Newton’s daughter as a series regular on Direct TV’s “Rogue.” Sarah also recently starred in final installment of The
Disney Channel’s trilogy, Descendants, directed by Kenny Ortega. Her song “Queen of Mean” went gold, prompting Disney to pay for a music video for her song “Even The Stars.” Sarah will be releasing her new single “Suffer” on October 1st.
Jane Adams won the Tony and Drama Desk Award for her Broadway performance in “An Inspector Calls,” directed by Stephen Daldry. Jane has worked with an impressive roster of directors and collaborated with Joe Swanberg on five films. She co-starred this year in Amy Seimetz’s She Dies Tomorrow. Noteworthy collaborations include: Michelle Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Curtis Hanson’s Wonder Boys, Gus Van Zant’s Restless, Todd Field’s Little Children, Brad Silberling’s Lemony Snicket, Jake Kasdan’s Orange County, and Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh’s The Anniversary Party.
Jane was nominated for a Golden Globe for her leading role in HBO’s series, “Hung.” Television credits also include “Frasier,” “Relativity,” and most recently Netflix’s “Messiah.” Jane recurred on “Sneaky Pete,” “Easy,” “Atlanta,” “Twin Peaks,” and “Claws.” She most recently was nominated for an Emmy for her recurring role on HBO’s “Hacks.”
Jake Weber has worked in film, theatre, and television for over 30 years. Notable film credits include Dawn of the Dead, Meet Joe Black, and Learning to Drive opposite Patricia Clarkson. In the realm of television, series regular roles include Joe Dubois in “Medium,” Brett O’Keefe in “Homeland,” John Campbell in “Hell on Wheels,” and Jake Burman in HBO’s “The Mind of the Married Man,” as well as the prominent recurring role of Barry Walker in “13 Reasons Why.” Recent credits include Beach House, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and the upcoming third season of “Departure” and film What Josiah Saw.
Balthazar Getty is an award-winning actor, writer, director, producer, artist, musician, DJ, designer, and philanthropist. As a child, Getty began his Hollywood career starring in the film adaptation of the Nobel Prize-winning novel Lord of the Flies. Getty has starred in over four dozen films, including notable film credits of David Lynch’s cult classic Lost Highway, Ridley Scott’s White Squall, and most recently La Flamme Rouge and The Judge. In television, Getty reunited with director David Lynch to revive the iconic series “Twin Peaks” (Showtime). He has starred on the Emmy-award winning “Alias” (ABC) and “Brothers and Sisters” (ABC), as well as “Pasadena” (FBC) from creator Mike White.
Megan Griffiths is a writer/director working in film and television. Her features have premiered at Sundance (The Off Hours), Toronto (Lucky Them), and SXSW (Eden, Sadie), and she has directed television episodes for HBO (“Room 104”), Hulu (“Looking for Alaska”), Fox (“Prodigal Son”), Netflix (“The Society”), and Amazon (“Panic”), among others. Griffiths has also served as a producer on projects such as The Catechism Cataclysm, directed by Todd Rohal, and Your Sister’s Sister, directed by the late Lynn Shelton. Griffiths and Shelton were frequent collaborators who co-wrote a feature for This American Life and sold an original pitch to HBO. Griffiths is currently in development on a project with Philip Fleishman and Steven Soderbergh.