The Mast Year

Gillian Beth Durkee, Writer 

Sloan Grant(s) Received: 2018, Screenwriting Award, Carnegie Mellon University 

Project Type: Feature 

Genre: Drama 

Length: 99 pages 

Field of Science: Plant Ecology 

Stage: Development 


In leaving behind a troubled childhood and an alcoholic mother, Laura also sets aside her dreams of studying trees in favor of a more practical job in the Canadian lumber industry. But, her interest in ecology is once again sparked by the possibility that a network of mycorrhizal fungi might exist beneath the forest she oversees. When the death of a beloved aunt leaves Laura’s mother without a caretaker, and Laura’s boss refusing her request to study his trees, Laura decides it might just be time to return home to her mother, the woods of Washington, and the field of study she once loved so fiercely.