The Trail is about a man alone on a hike who realizes he's trapped on an endless loop with no escape. Wheeler came up with the idea in the summer of 2011 during his own hikes in the Adirondack Mountains in New York. It's inspired by things like Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone and David Lynch's Rabbits. Wheeler was born in Washington state and has always been a hiker but he says the movie really isn't about hiking. It's about abstract fears and certain anxiety disorders that Wheeler says he's experienced in his own life.Wheeler was born in 1994. His parents were professors in political science and Middle Eastern studies who moved him to various countries all through his early childhood. His family finally settled in Annapolis where he attended high school. His reason for attending Salisbury U. was because he said that SU was the only school in Maryland where a person could major in film or cinema studies. He said it's surprising given SU's location and size.
His next project The Cabin is a spiritual sequel but will be more of a two-hander, a psychological thriller involving a husband and wife. The Kickstarter for it will be online soon. Wheeler plans on graduating this December and then pursuing his Ph.D. with hopes to be a teacher down the line.The Trail will play at the Johns Hopkins University Film Festival on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30PM within the collection of short films called Experimental.