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Synopsis

Synopsis

Fifteen year old Megan Shephard and her parents will do anything to save their struggling farm. When the discover a wild stallion in a nearby forest they begin to wonder if this could be the answer to their prayers. Kris Kristofferson and Jodelle Ferland star in this heartwarming and inspiring tale that celebrates the spirit of family and the amazing courage and determination it takes to defeat the odds.



Cast

Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson has been making things happen his entire life. Born in Texas and raised in a military family, he was a Golden Gloves boxer who studied creative writing at Pomona College in California. The Phi Beta Kappa graduate earned a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford, where he boxed, played rugby and continued to write songs. After graduating from Oxford, Kristofferson served in the army as an Airborne Ranger helicopter pilot and achieved the rank of Captain. In 1965, Kristofferson turned down an assignment to teach at West Point and, inspired by songwriters like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, moved to Nashville to pursue his music.

"When I was in the army, I was one of the few people outside of his personal friends who knew about Willie Nelson," Kristofferson recalls. "I listened to a disc jockey who happened to be a Willie fan. He would play Willie's songs and talk about him all the time. By the time I got to Nashville, he was a superhero to me. For guys like me, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson were two gods we worshipped. Then Willie and I got to be best friends. I came from a position of idolizing him to finding out he's the funniest son of a bitch you could be around."

After struggling in Music City for several years, Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Morning Coming Down," and "For the Good Times," all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting. By 1987, it was estimated that more than 450 artists had recorded Kristofferson's compositions.

His renown as a songwriter triggered Kristofferson's successful career as a performer and that, in turn, brought him to the attention of Hollywood, leading to his flourishing career as a film actor. Kristofferson has acted in more than 70 films. In 1977 He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in "A Star Is Born." He's appeared in cult favorites including the "Blade" trilogy, "Lone Star," "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries," "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "Blume In Love," "Cisco Pike," and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid." Recent films include "Fast Food Nation," "Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story," "The Jacket," "Silver City," "He's Just Not That In To You," and "Dolphin Tale."

Heralded as an artist's artist, the three-time GRAMMY winner has recorded 27 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen. Kristofferson has spent three decades performing concerts all over the world, in most recent years in a solo acoustic setting, which puts the focus on the songs. "There's an honesty in the sparseness. It feels like direct communication to the listener," he says. "I still have more fun when I'm with the band, but being alone is freer, somehow. It's like being an old blues guy, just completely stripped away."

Kristofferson has reached living legend status, but that hasn't changed or hindered his creativity. His current CD, Closer To The Bone contains eleven gems that explore love, gratitude, aging, war, and his ever-present theme of freedom. "If you took freedom out of the songs, you'd have very few Kristofferson songs," he laughs. Kris will release his new album, produced by Don Was, in 2012. In addition to many other awards, Kristofferson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, winner of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall of Fame, and was honored with the American Veteran's Association's "Veteran of the Year Award" in 2002. For Kristofferson's 70th birthday in 2006, his friends and admirers gifted him with a tribute CD, The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson. Stars including Willie Nelson, Russell Crowe, Emmylou Harris, Gretchen Wilson, Rosanne Cash, and Brian McKnight recorded 17 of Kristofferson's compositions for the tribute. In 2007, Kristofferson was honored with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award from Country Music Television and in 2009 BMI lauded Kristofferson with the Icon Award. He will receive the Frances Preston Music Industry Award from the T.J. Martell Foundation in March, 2012.


Jodelle Ferland

Jodelle Ferland - "Megan Shephard"

Jodelle Ferland's blossoming career spans well over a decade. Her resumé includes over 50 film and television credits.

In 1998, at the age of four, Jodelle's first leading role in MERMAID earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special and won her a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Movie. In 2004 she was nominated for a Leo Award for her guest performance in the television series THE COLLECTOR, as well as several more Young Artist Awards from 2003 to 2005 for various performances. Jodelle earned Genie and Saturn Award nominations in 2007 for her starring role in TIDELAND, directed by Terry Gilliam. In 2008, her leading role opposite Sissy Spacek in the Hallmark feature PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS earned her a Camie Award. In 2010, Jodelle joined the TWILIGHT cast and was seen in ECLIPSE playing BREE, which was the subject of Stephanie Meyer's most recent book, THE SHORT LIFE OF BREE TANNER. Recently, Jodelle was seen in MIDNIGHT RIDER opposite Kris Kristofferson, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's CABIN IN THE WOODS, MIGHTY FINE in which she shared the screen with Chazz Palminteri and Andie MacDowell, and the thriller, THE TALL MAN alongside Jessica Biel. Jodelle was also recently featured as a lead voice in the animated feature film, PARANORMAN, alongside the voices of Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, and Leslie Mann.

When not working on feature films, Jodelle keeps herself busy guest starring on series and lending her voice to the world of animation.


William Dear (Director)

William Dear attended Central Michigan University, where he majored in art with a minor in theater. He began making films when he was 12 years old. Armed with a borrowed 8mm camera, he and his friend, Robert Dyke, made "home movies" throughout their teens. He co-directed a short film entitled Mr. Grey, co-written with co-director, Robert Dyke. It won a Special Jury Award Gold Medal at the first Atlantic Film Festival. Dear continued to work in film in Detroit in various capacities on shooting crews in the area. He wrote, directed and photographed commercials, documentaries, and industrials, as well as independent projects. William later directed Rio, which became a short film tribute to the musical comedies of the thirties. It was the Grand Prize winner at the Houston International Film Festival. This film was a forerunner of the rock videos. He moved to Carmel, California in 1978. Next, he directed Cruisin, a short film satirizing street life in Hollywood. After the move west, Dear also directed and co-wrote comedy short films for ABC's Friday's and NBC's Saturday Night Live. In 1981, He directed and co-wrote Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts, an acclaimed rock video which received a number of prestigious awards including a Grammy Award, the first ever, for Video of the Year. Best Director and Best Made for Home Video Award, by Video Review Magazine and the Silver Venue Award at the Houston International Film Festival. Timerider, the Adventure of Lyle Swann, was his first feature film. It starred Fred Ward, Peter Coyote and Belinda Bauer. The film won Grand Prize at the 1984 Santa Fe Film Festival. Throughout this period, He directed and shot commercials for which he received two Director's Guild of America nominations, in 1983 and 1985.

Shortly after Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories television anthology premiered, cinematographer Allen Daviau recommended Dear to direct Spielberg's story Mummy Daddy. Dear directed the successful comedy episode which later became part of the "Amazing Stories" movie, a trilogy of episodes directed by Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemekis and William Dear. Dear was then asked by Spielberg if he had a project of his own. Dear showed him Harry and the Hendersons a few days later, and the project was under way. Harry went on to win an Oscar for Rick Baker's creation of Harry the friendly Bigfoot.

Dear then directed Angels in the Outfield, with Danny Glover, Joseph Gordon Levit and Christopher Lloyd for Walt Disney Pictures and is considered American classic. He then directed Wild America, starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas. William directed Santa Who? starring Leslie Nielson for The Wonderful World of Disney and ABC. He received his third Directors Guild of America nomination for his direction of Santa Who? Dear directed School of Life staring Hollywood heavyweight Ryan Reynolds. Dear also directed The Foursome, a comedy starring Kevin Dillon. He then directed The Sandlot: Heading Home for Twentieth Century Fox.

Dear directed an all-star cast in The Perfect Game. A motion picture based on the true story of a 1957 Little League Baseball team from Monterrey, Mexico who swept their way to Little league World Series history, establishing records still not broken and meeting three American presidents. He directed Free Style, starring Corbin Bleu (High School Musical 1,2,3). When not writing or painting at his Santa Barbara ranch, Dear shares his time between Los Angeles and Canada and where ever the "locations" take him, pursuing his love of filmmaking.

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