Wednesday, September 26, 2012
THE WHINNIES! BEST OF EQUINE FILM and ART COMES TO JACKSON HOLE
"The Whinnies team has curated a wonderful lineup of powerful films focusing on the magic of horses,” says Jackson area resident Alexandra Dawson, director and producer with her husband Greg Gricus of the festival’s opening film, Wild Horse, Wild Ride. “We are proud and honored to have had our film included in this collection from its inception."
The festival begins on Friday evening with an equine art show featuring the work of four Jackson area artists – Kathryn Turner, September Vhay, Kathy Wipfler and Meredith Campbell, as well as the photography of California based Tara Arrowood. The art reception is free and open to the public.
“The Whinnies is a celebration of the horse,” says Jackson Hole painter Kathryn Mapes Turner. “Through the horses’ magnificence we can experience beauty, grace, agility, intuitive knowing and delight. It is no wonder that the horse is depicted in so many varied art forms.”
Wild Horse, Wild Ride and a Q&A with filmmakers Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and conclude the first day of the festival.
On Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, a FREE demonstration of equine-guided therapy to leadership featuring two Jackson equine organizations and California-based Gallop Ventures will take place in Heritage Arena at the Teton County Fairgrounds.
“Our therapeutic riding program is excited to collaborate with equine partners sharing the benefits horses have to offer to people,” says Kelly Merriott, Executive Director of Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association.
The first of four films start again Saturday at 1p.m. back at the Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 for all films in advance or at the door. Children under 14 are $5 for The Greening of Whitney Brown. To purchase tickets in advance, visit jhcenterforthearts.org. Stay for Q&A with the filmmakers after each screening.
“This will be a wonderful weekend to celebrate all things horses!” says Liza Millet, the festival’s local organizer.
The Whinnies! Best of Equine Art and Film is produced in collaboration with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival with a grant from 4 Jackson Hole. Proceeds benefit The Whinnies Equine Charities: The Flag Foundation for Horse/Human Partnership, Spirit Riders Foundation/Saving the American Wild Horse, The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding and HorseWarriors.
Here’s the weekend’s schedule:
Friday, October 5
5 - 7 p.m.: The Whinnies! Best of Equine Art The opening reception for a month-long show featuring the equine imagery of photographer Tara Arrowood and painters Meredith E.Campbell, Kathyn Mapes Turner, September Vhay, and Kathy Wipfler Passes to the Napa Valley Film Festival will be raffled to benefit The Whinnies Equine Charities.
7:30 p.m.: Wild Horse, Wild Ride (:106) Documents the Mustang Makeover in which 100 trainers adopt 100 wild horses and prepare them for show and adoption in 100 days. Meet the Jackson-based filmmakers Alexandra Dawson and Greg Gricus.
Saturday, October 6
9 a.m. to noon: Equine-Guided Therapy to Leadership, a demonstration of the unique and powerful benefits of a new kind of horse/human partnership by Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding, Horse Warriors and Gallop Ventures. FREE ADMISSION. Heritage Arena, Teton County Fairgrounds.
1 p.m.: Homestretch (:52) Chronicles the pairing of prison inmates and rescued end-of career racehorses and the downward spiral of a Kentucky Thoroughbred who races for his life.
2 p.m.: The Greening of Whitney Brown (:87) Through a change in family circumstance and delightful misadventures, a horse reminds a girl of what's really important. Starring Brooke Shields, Aidan Quinn and Kris Kristofferson and introducing Sammy Hannrati.
FAMILY FEATURE: Children under 14 admitted for $5.
4:30 p.m.: Wild Horses & Renegades (:75) A rip-your-heart-open expose of what is happening to our native horses -- and land -- in the American West.
7:30 p.m.: The Path of the Horse (:60) Documents a long-time horse trainer’s decision to drop everything she’s known to search (with camera) for those who are working with horses in ways that truly honor the horse.