With a special eye to historic accuracy Michigan director brings true WWII aviation story to life

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In 1944 as a fighter pilot escorted a B-17 bomber into Nazi territory and engaged in a one-on-one aerial joust with a Nazi ace pilot.  Destroying both of their planes, they were forced  to bail out and parachute to the forest floor.

Alone, outnumbered, and hunted down by a Nazi convoy hot on his trail, the pilot faced his vengeful nemesis in a deadly cat-and-mouse game to survive. With little more than his wits and a sidearm, he had to outsmart a brilliant enemy, rescue his captured crew, and foil a plot that could change the course of the war.

“Wolf Hound” is inspired by the real-life account KG 200, the German Luftwaffe special operations unit that captured Allied aircraft as Trojan horses to wreak havoc on Allied bomber squadrons.   “Wolf Hound” is from a screenplay by Timothy Ritchey and his story.

Michael B. Chait will be making his feature directorial debut with “Wolf Hound.”  He’s helmed music videos for artists including Apl.de.Ap of The Black Eyed Peas, and commercials for clients like Honda, Falcon Motorsports, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, and the U.S. Air Force/Air National Guard, receiving the civilian Legion of Merit medal for one. Sue Witham will be producing the film along with Chait for TMU Pictures.

 

The Yankee Air Museum in Michigan allowed the filmmaker to utilize the original “Rosie the Riveter” bomber plant hanger as a major filming location. The museum also offered their North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber, of which there are only 10 still flying in the world.

Filmmakers also shot footage with P-51 Mustangs, a Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, and either a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 or Focke-Wulf Fw 190.

“Wolf Hound” shot all aerial scenes without special effects. Dwayne McClintock was the aerial cinematographer and Craig Hosking, who was aerial coordinator for “Dunkirk,”  performed the same role for Wolf Hound’s air-to-air dogfight sequences.

Westley Gathright, Chait’s most frequent visual collaborator and director of photography for his Yankee Air Museum and Air Force Commercials, served as cinematographer for “Wolf Hound.” and Russell Carpenter, the  Oscar-Winning cinematographer for “Titanic,”  served as the film’s visual consultant.

Wolf Hound stars Trevor Donovan as Major Erich Roth, James Maslow as Captain David Holden, Taylor Novak as Sgt. Harrison Friedman, Michael Wayne Foster as Captain Werne, John Turk  as Colonel Krieger, and a strong cast of others.

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