MURFREESBORO, Tennessee– The EQUUS Film Festival presented a free screening of the equestrian film Unbridled on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Murfreesboro, 1200 Conference Center Boulevard Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
The screening coincided with the opening of the 19th Annual Eagala Conference, which brings together more than 400 mental health and equine professionals for a networking and learning event around the Eagala Model of equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning.
There was a meet and greet with the producer Christy McGlothlin in the hotel lobby followed by the screening of the movie. The screening was hosted in partnership with Candace Wade, author of the novel Horse Sluts and staff writer for Horse Nation, along with EQUUS Film Festival founder Lisa Dierson. Also in attendance on the “green carpet” was Carissa Ramsdell from Freedom Rance Reigns (a non-profit organization), and special guest, Pogo, a therapy horse from Thompsons Station, Tennessee.
EQUUS Film Festival founder Lisa Dierson stated, “The horses are healers, the horses have many things to do, many stories to tell. The EQUUS Film festival is here to tell those stories.”
The award-winning motion picture Unbridled is set for nationwide Cinema release on Friday, April 27, 2018, to tell the real-life stories of a horse center that pair abused women with rescued horses, resulting in mutual healing.
Unbridled stars Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), T.C. Stallings (War Room), Rachel Hendrix (October Baby), Jenn Gotzon (Frost Nixon) and introduces sex-trafficked teen Sarah, played by Tea McKay, whose journey of healing evokes tears that transcends into heartfelt joy.
Movieguide.org editor/film reviewer Tom Snyder calls Unbridled “A riveting redemptive movie full of jeopardy that also deals with important issues in a heartfelt, inspiring way.”
Director John Ware says Unbridled captures the effectiveness of animal therapy and states, “There is some magic that happens when a broken girl learns that this giant animal is someone I can trust and it transfers to human relationships as well.”
Producer Christy McGlothin has nine children including a special needs child, yet still finds time to make movies and host her the online TV Talk show, Mommy Talk Live!
The Freedom Ranch Reigns is hosting their own Unbridled movie screening/fundraiser on March 9 and 11. Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased here.
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Bethany Bowman is an entertainment writer for the Tennessee Star.