SECRETS OF THE MOUNTAIN
Since her divorce from their father, emotions have been strained between Dana (Paige Turco) and her three kids – teen twins Jake (Crawford Wilson) and Jade (Adelaide Kane) and younger sister Maddie (Kayla Carlson). When she receives a generous offer to sell the land she inherited from her Uncle Henry’s (Barry Bostwick) death years ago, Dana recognizes the opportunity for the family to get away from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with each other. But when they arrive in town and sign away claim to the mountain, fate takes an unexpected turn and sends them on a high-stakes treasure hunt for legendary Aztec artifacts – and for the family ties they thought they’d lost.
As a young girl, Dana James was told by her Uncle Henry that a mysterious treasure is buried beneath a mountain owned by the family. Now an adult, Dana’s life is crumbling: she is recently divorced and remarried, and the divorce has taken its toll on her children. Dana is a caring mother, who has not made time for her children; but she realizes her mistake and makes amends. When a foreign company offers to buy the mountain, Dana uses the excuse to show her children where she grew up.
TRIVIA & FACTS
- “SECRETS OF THE MOUNTAIN” is the first in a series of a made-for-TV movie produced by Procter & Gamble and Walmart aimed at families. The movie and other in the series feature embedded marketing of Procter & Gamble and Walmart products.
- The movie performed well in the ratings with 7.5 million viewers making it the highest rated family movie on broadcast television over the previous 6 months.
- The movie was based on an original screenplay by Dante Amodeo. Several things were changed before the movie was produced, hence, he received “Story By” credit.
- Shot in Montreal and Magog, Quebec.
Douglas Barr was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs.
“I feel grateful that I have the opportunity to do so many different characters. This piece in particular, I’m a mom in real life, and I feel strongly about the things that my son watches on TV. And this was an opportunity to actually say ‘you know what, you can watch mummy’s movie’. So it was important.” – Paige Turco
“It’s important, now more than ever, to offer family-friendly programming on television.” – Paige Turco
“I didn’t know I had a fear of going down the waterslide. They built this thing for us to fall through the mountain and I was terrified. We had wheels, and there was pledge, and you walked upstairs to go down the slide. And my son was on set and I kind of had to do it, cause he was there. Right before I went down he said ‘I love you, mum!’, and I thought ‘ok, I can do it, I can do it, I can do it!’ So, for me, it opened me up. I got to be mum and work, and have my son there, so he could see what mummy did.” – Paige Turco