Dreamin’ Wild, the true story of love and redemption, is about what happened to singer/songwriter Donnie Emerson and his family when the album he and his brother recorded as teens was rediscovered after thirty years of obscurity and was suddenly hailed by music critics as a lost masterpiece. While the album’s rediscovery brings hopes of second chances, it also brings long-buried emotions as Donnie, his wife Nancy, brother Joe, and father Don Sr. come to terms with the past and their newly found fame.

What the critics are saying:

A well-cast, modestly affecting drama… it boasts a generous heart gently dusted with life’s complications as it beats a familiar rhythm of easygoing redemption.

Robert Abele

Los Angeles Times

Casey Affleck does strong work as Donnie Emerson…

Richard Roeper

Chicago Sun-Times

Pohlad’s sweet, slightly sorrowful film [is] the lower-key B-side to his previous one — a poignant examination of what happens when a star is conceived, but not born.

Guy Lodge