It shows the benefits of equine therapy to people recovering from trauma. And it raises awareness of sex trafficking.
In the movie, 16-year-old Sarah is abused by her mother’s boyfriend,Roger, who involves her in a sex traffic ring. But when Sarah comes to Unbridled for equine therapy, she meets
Dreamer, a horse mistrustful of humans due to past abuse.
John David Ware, the film’s director, said the story is neither bleak nor graphic. Rather, it’s an emotionally driven tale where the viewer follows Sarah, played by Tea McKay, from nightmare to jubilation.
And it’s a film the family can view, and then discuss, together.
“You can watch and laugh and cry without any of the graphic elements and then celebrate at the end and cheer her onto victory,” Ware said.
Ware said he’d seen McKay in a couple short films and knew she had the emotional range that the role of Sarah required.
“She plays a really troubled girl that has this journey,” Ware said. “She goes from emotionally cold to a vibrant person who can first trust animals, meaning the horse Dreamer, and then learns to trust humans as a result of this equine therapy.
“When you watch her performance, you get a sense of journey that her character takes. You just can’t help but mentally invest in it. It’s so powerful.”
Ware said he also enjoyed working with Eric Roberts, who played Roger, the movie’s villain.
“He’s a true professional,” Ware said. “He’s just so good at being bad.”