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EQUUS Film Festival Announces TRYON North Carolina Tour Stop

EQUUS Film Festival Announces TRYON North Carolina Tour Stop

October 2017 – The EQUUS Film Festival gallops into TRYON North Carolina October 27 – 29, 2017 with a corral full of EFF equine documentaries, features, and short films. Bringing a herd of exquisitely decorated theatrical horses along for the event. Featuring Gold Medalist, Yvonne Barteau, her cast (KYB Dressage) and four of the equine stars from Into The Spotlight, a film addressing many of the issues facing horses today. The EQUUS Film Festival in partnership with the TRYON International Film Festival (TRIFF17), presented by the Polk County Film Initiative, will screen over 20 EFF films throughout the weekend at the Tryon Theater and Tryon Fine Arts Center.

The TRIFF17 will open the film festival weekend with a beautiful procession of horses and riders, each decked out in brilliantly colored costumes. The horses will travel up Depot Street, to Chestnut and on to Melrose Ave in downtown Tryon. At 6 p.m. the horses will arrive at the Tryon Fine Arts Center kicking off an evening of festivities and the screening of their film, Into The Spotlight.

While in Tryon, Barteau and crew will board their horses at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), and provide an exquisite equine theatrical performance at TRYON International Equestrian Center on Saturday evening before the Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix Jumping Event. They will also be doing clinics at Eric Dierks, Renovatio Farm. Proceeds from Barteau’s clinics will go directly to HERD (Helping Equines Regain Dignity) a local non-profit dedicated to raising the awareness about the plight of unwanted horses.


EQUUS Film Festival directors and stars will also be attending the event. Bruce Anderson, star of The Edge – Bruce Anderson Natural Humanship, will be giving “Humanship” clinics in Tryon while he is attending the event. Julianne Neal, director of the new Spotlight Rescue Series, will be conducting several interviews for her upcoming series that will be premiering in New York City in November at the EFF17. Also joining us at the festival will be the director of The Right Horse, Christy Counts, who will be sharing stories about the work that her organization is doing to help the unwanted horse population in this country.


Below is a listing of just a few of the EFF films we will be screening at the TRIFF17:


The Edge – Bruce Anderson Natural Humanship



Bruce Anderson believes that man’s capacity to reduce the wild is the cause and effect of mental imbalance. As a boy, Bruce Anderson spent most of his time in “Mother Nature’s classroom” learning key tools to balance the mindset; be more AlphA. The impact that horses have had on his life is fundamental to his work which uses a 1000 lb animal to deliver an epiphany: you are merely a steward of this earth.


Into The Spotlight


Into the Spotlight began as an intimate look at the selection, training and making of equine theater stars and the creation of the magic that is a live equine theater production . . . but it grew into so much more. Showcasing multiple horses, including, rescue horses, and their journeys to the live stage, this feature length documentary also shines the spotlight on horse rescue and unwanted horses in the United States and the unimaginable risk of horses whose lives take the fateful turn that places them on the road to slaughter.


Davide Penitente – Bartabas & Marc Minkowski


For this spectacular production of Mozart’s Davide penitente on the vast stage of the Salzburg Felsenreitschule at the Mozart Week 2015, Marc Minkowski and the equestrian choreographer Bartabas used dancing horses and thus restored the former riding school to its original function. Horses, riders from the Académie équestre de Versailles and Bartabas himself, whose successful productions are unique in the world of art, perform their elegant dressage arabesques within this exceptional setting. Soloists, chorus and orchestra are ranged over three levels on galleries cut from the bare rock. The result is a unique synthesis of the arts.

“A festival of beauty”. (Münchener Abendzeitung) “Minkowski and Bartabas have created a great piece of theatre”. (NMZ)


Out Of The Wild



Our film is based on the life of Mark Rashid, world-renowned horseman and writer of both the novel and screenplay for Out of the Wild. Mark’s approach to training horses is rooted in a deep understanding of the bond between man and horse, as well as a distinct softness with which he treats each animal he encounters. His methodology, largely developed through his personal experience, has helped and inspired people from all parts of the world both in their horse endeavors as well as the trials and tribulations of the ever-challenging human condition.


Horse Of Kings


In the early morning as I gaze over the misty pastures of my garden and I see the first rays of sunlight carefully making its appearance in this Dutch landscape; I enjoy endlessly. Surely, when a young Carthusian stallion, his coat a soft grey color, makes his entrance out of the mist and starts to play in the still moist grass. His warm breath and the cold outdoor air combine to create soft fluffy clouds. Poetry becomes alive as he performs his game of trot, canter and prancing throwing his young body loose in the pleasure of being outdoors. His beautiful manes sing “alegrias” as he lifts his head up high while his soft neighing cuts through the silence. My heart fills with joy when he carefully interrupts his wild display of passion to approach me with his gentle touch. Showing me his friendship and trust by including me in his world for a moment… before continuing his delightful game…




“Unbridled” is an emotionally gripping, unforgettable and uplifting story of redemption, healing, and overcoming some of life’s greatest obstacles. This captivating feature film tells the tale of an abused girl who teams up with an abused horse and their journey to healing. Inspired by a true story, the movie features actors you love such as Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight; The Expendables) and T.C. Stallings (War Room; Courageous).


“Unbridled” was created to draw attention to the practice of sexual slavery, which is growing in all parts of the world, particularly in the suburbs of the USA. Please help us expose the atrocity of child sexual abuse and trafficking. With your support we will call attention to this industry and how to recognize this abuse. And what better way to do that than through a movie?!


“Unbridled” is inspired by the Corral Riding Academy in Cary, NC. Since 2008 the Corral Riding Academy has been privileged to help over 100 abused girls through one-year long therapy programs. They pair up abused girls with abused horses and through intensive one-on-one training the girls teach the horses to trust. In the process the girls also learn to trust again. These true stories of hope and healing were the inspiration for “Unbridled.” A portion of the proceeds from “Unbridled” sales go directly to Corral.


ABOUT TRYON NORTH CAROLINA: The quaint Village of Tryon is located on the first rise of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Tryon is known for its wonderful people, outdoor activities, mild climate, small town shops, great restaurants and a rich equestrian history. Our friendly, offbeat personality is a big part of what makes us who we are. This is a town of unexpected nooks teeming with a cast of characters that even Garrison Keillor would have had trouble imagining. Refreshingly different, Tryon is known for its wonderful people, outdoor activities, mild climate, small town shops and great restaurants.  Tryon is historic, hospitable, horsey and artsy. Centrally positioned near the cities of Asheville & Charlotte (NC) and Spartanburg & Greenville (SC), Tryon is the perfect destination for an urbane experience in a small-town setting.



The fifth annual EQUUS Film Festival will take place November 17-19 in New York City and is the first event of its kind to offer a home to the storytellers of the horse world, with films, documentaries, videos, commercials and shorts from around the world and also cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature. EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse. The 2017 WINNIE Award Winners will be announced at the end of this year’s festival.


For more information contact: Lisa Diersen (Founder/Director), 630-272-3077.

For media: Co-organizer Diana De Rosa,, 516-848-4867.

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