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In the American Southwest, a unique species of wolf unlike any other is making a comeback. Considered extinct nearly 40 years ago, the little known Mexican gray wolf has slowly pulled back from the very brink — against all odds. From a founding population of just seven animals, this species has slowly grown to a current wild population of approximately 100, only to face a new threat from within: its own genetics. As part of a bold recovery mission, one lone wolf is given a chance to offer new hope for the survival of her species. In telling this story, narrated by Chris Morgan, “Gray Area” explores whether there can be a balanced and sustainable future where ranchers, conservationists, locals, and biologists alike can coexist with this apex predator.

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After working extremely hard to finish the film for the past five years, I’m extremely proud to say Gray Area won “Best Short Documentary” at the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience!! As a first time filmmaker, this is pretty exciting, yet it’s also great for Mexican wolves! It’s been an incredible past couple of months, screening our film in Arizona, Montana, and just recently in New Mexico. We also just learned it has been selected for the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York! It’s been an amazing journey!

I have submitted Gray Area into several other festivals so fingers crossed it gets into some of them! Each festival helps bring added exposure to the film, and to the story of the Mexican wolf. This is why we made this film – to bring awareness to this critically endangered species! This film tells a remarkable story, and weaves an amazing narrative that truly covers the whole spectrum of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Project, while staying balanced in it’s approach. We’ve heard over and over again on how well done it is, and how balanced it is to represent all sides involved. This is important, as it helps bring people to the table for discussion – something that we work hard for following the film. In New Mexico, we held a panel discussion with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Defenders of Wildlife, and several of the characters from the film itself.  It’s good to see the film do what it’s intended for!

I’m looking forward to the months coming ahead, and stay tuned, as there will likely be more updates on future festivals and screenings! For now, enjoy some of these photos from our win in Albuquerque!



Executive Producer Alan Lacy standing with the “Best Short Documentary” Award

Reuniting with a few of the experts in the film. From left to right: Alan’s wife, Alan Lacy, Dave Parsons, Jean Ossorio, Peter Ossorio, Sherry Barrett

Panel Discussion with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Defenders of Wildlife, and several experts from the film.



Now that “Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest” has been completed, the time for the first film screenings are just around the corner! The past several weeks have been exciting ones for me, having completed the film and also learning it has been made an “Official Selection” of the 40th International Wildlife Film Festival this coming April! I couldn’t be more proud! The film will also be the feature film for the night at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour in Flagstaff, Arizona – hosted by the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project. For those of you interested in seeing the film, here are two great options for you with more dates to come soon!


Our new trailer is about to be released as well which I’m extremely excited about. It captures the essence of the film, with beautiful shots of nature, and stunning imagery.
Sincerely, Alan Lacy Director/Producer

Film Festivals and screenings are amazing ways to raise awareness about the Mexican wolf that can reach audiences otherwise unobtainable. These events can also end up being rather expensive. Help us get Gray Area into as many venues as possible by supporting the film below!

Wrapping Up Post-Production!


It’s been a long and challenging road, but I’m finally nearing the end of post-production! This means that Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest is nearly complete! Finally! I began this project back in 2011 with a determination to do something for Mexican wolves to help create awareness. At the time, roughly 50 wolves were known to exist in the wild, and now today, that number is hovering around 100 wild lobos. Once the final touches are made, I will then begin the process of getting the film out to the world! This means film festivals, screenings, maybe even a chance of a broadcast – all intended to generate more awareness for the lobo.

For those of you reading this who have supported me throughout this project, I can’t begin to thank you enough! It’s been such a challenging and uphill battle to reach the point where I’m at today with this film. It’s truly remarkable. Thank you! Very soon you will get a chance to see all of the hard work that went into this project, and you’ll enjoy watching the film and learning more about the Mexican gray wolf. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

– Alan Lacy



Now more than ever!

Recently we learned that approximately 15 Mexican gray wolves were illegally shot and killed this past year since their population numbers climbed above 100 for the first time in the programs history. It could also be the first time this many wolves have been illegally poached. NOW MORE THAN EVER BEFORE THEY NEED YOUR HELP! We have designed our film to be an educational film, built around the premise of awareness for this species in hopes that a well balanced narrative will help create a better understanding of wolves and the issues at hand. Our film is important, and it needs to be completed soon! But we need your help to finish it!

There are THREE WAYS in which you can help us finish this important film: DONATE, SHARE, or GET INVOLVED.

To Donate: There are several ways in which you can donate to help us finish this film. The first is to give directly by clicking HERE. Thanks to the Wolf Education and Research Center, if you would like to make a tax-deductible gift, you can do so by clicking HERE. Just be sure to notate “Gray Area” when you give. The final way to give is to support our InDemand campaign on Indiegogo (also tax-deductible) by clicking HERE and selecting an available “perk” and pledging the given amount or other you wish to give. It doesn’t matter what amount you give, it just matters that you give what you can. We understand not everyone can! That’s why we have these other two options for you!

To Share: Simply forward this on to your friends and family, asking them to help and become a part of this important film too! Everyone can become a voice for the lobo!

To Get Involved: Talk to us about ways in which you would like to use our film to help generate awareness for the Mexican wolf in your own community. If we can raise up an educated public, these wolves will stand a better chance in the wild!

Thank you so much for your support! More importantly, thank you for caring deeply about Mexican wolves. Together we CAN make a difference. After all, it takes a pack right? Please enjoy the video above, and let us know what you think!


Alan Lacy Director/Producer

Coming Soon!

Postproduction Begins!

Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest

It’s been one year since our first major shoot in Wolf Country and we have come a long ways! We are beginning the first stages of postproduction, organizing the footage, and preparing it for the big edit! In other words, we are putting the film together! It’s extremely exciting seeing this film finally enter this stage of production. We’ve brought on a extremely talented editor who has years of experience writing, editing, and producing series for National Geographic Channel. His skill and experience bring an exciting component to the film!

It’s amazing to think we are nearing the final months of production. We are seeking our final finishing funds for the film, which will take $15,000 to complete! If you would like to help, please share and help spread the word! Also, you can still donate to our final campaign to finish the film! Thank you so much!