Inspired by true events in San Francisco, California, JUNE ROSE chronicles a mixed-race (Anglo/Cherokee) woman's trajectory from 1960s suburban housewife to breadwinner, feminist and political activist.

Logline: A housewife and mother of five returns to college to “find herself” in the tumultuous late 1960s, instilling havoc – and inspiration -- within her family.

 

Synopsis: It’s 1969 in a middle-class neighborhood in a San Francisco suburb. The 1950s tract homes with identical front lawns and backyard barbecues are brimming with horrendous TV news, war on every front, rebellious teenagers, and dubious housewives. Having dropped out of college to marry and raise children – four of whom are now teenagers experimenting with drugs, sex, and rock-and-roll – June Rose Wilder (early 40s) is intent on returning to college to get a handle on “what’s happening” and to become part of the solution.

June’s Catholic, hard-working, ex-Navy husband Ed opposes her – a woman’s place is in the home. But Ed may as well try to stop a moving train. When June and her mini-skirted best friend Carol begin their university history class amid anti-war demonstrators and a Native American drum circle, June connects emotionally with her charismatic Cherokee professor, and discovers a long-held secret about her heritage.

A wrenching identity crisis ensues that threatens the stability of June's marriage, family, friendships, and faith as she sheds her role of compliant wife and mother and steps into her new moccasins intent on gaining a personal and political voice, radically fulfilling friendships and -- above all -- peace with her ancestors.