6:00 PM Conversations with Karin Reid Offield & Hannah Neff, local aspiring riders in the sport of Equestrian Dressage
6:45 PM Screening of Harry & Snowman, followed by Q & A with the film's Executive Producer, Karin Reid Offield
Crooked Tree Arts Center is teaming up with Brek-n-Ridge Farms’ Karin Reid Offield and the Snowman Rescue Fund to premiere the Petoskey, Michigan screening of Offield’s award-winning documentary film, Harry & Snowman. The screening will take place in CTAC’s Theater at 6:45 p.m., with a conversation taking place first at 6:00 p.m.
This special event – “How Dreams Can Come True & the Olympic Journey” – will begin with a conversation between Karin Reid Offield and Hannah Neff, both local aspiring riders in the sport of equestrian dressage.
Growing up in Aspen, Colorado, Karin wanted to be just like Warren Miller, a famous maker of ski films. But instead, she decided to make films about horses and show jumping. Karin’s first film documented the world of American equestrian show jumping, and her most recent, Harry & Snowman, documents the journey of a specific equestrian and horse team from the late 1950s and 1960s.
Snowman was an old Amish plow horse that Harry rescued off a truck that was bound for the meat and glue factory for only $80. Less than two years after Harry rescued Snowman, the duo became national show jumping champions, media darlings, and a Cinderella story in their own right.
Harry & Snowman was the 17th highest grossing documentary of 2016, out of 155 choices. It was voted the Best Documentary, Audience Choice, or the Grand Jury Award on the Film Festival Circuit in New Orleans, Prescott, New Hampshire, Malibu, Woods Hole, Nantucket, and Hot Springs, and was awarded the highest honor of Best Feature at the 2015 Equus Film Festival, eventually bringing home eleven garland awards.
Hannah Neff, a self-proclaimed equestrian at the age of four, has Olympic dressage dreams. Now 13, Hannah will be training with Toyna Grant, United States Dressage Federation Gold Medalist, and preparing to compete as a junior rider this season. Karin and Hannah both share a love, passion, and talent for dressage, and will share stories from their journeys toward accomplishing their respective goals.
A Q & A session about the making of the film with Executive Producer Karin Reid Offield will follow the screening.
For information on HARRY & SNOWMAN and the Snowman Rescue Fund go to http://www.harryandsnowman.com.