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The 9th annual American Documentary and Animation Film Festival to originally have taken place in Palm Springs, California in March of 2020 has been rescheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The festival is now to take place from September 25th to the 29th, 2020. All originally selected films including DESERT FLIGHT are expected to screen.
‘Desert Flight: A Love Letter to the Sport of Show Jumping’ takes top honors at EQUUS Film Festival in New York City
‘Desert Flight’ was selected as Best of Festival as well as Best Sports Documentary from more than 40 U.S. and International entries in the annual festival which showcases equine themed films in all lengths and genres. The honors were presented during the Winnie Awards Ceremony on the final evening of the festival which took place in the theater at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.
Produced by Tell Studios in association with Samia Staehle’s Filter 4 Productions, the 39-minute documentary is a compelling look at the horses and riders that compete in this highly demanding sport. Executive director, Staehle, who competes herself, wanted to show the drive that it takes to be the best in the sport, and the compelling bond that is the only way to make the horse andrider team successful in competition.
New to the equestrian scene, producer Ryan Koral and his team from Tell Studios were in attendance to accept alongside Staehle. Koral and director John Azoni and editor Grant McClure shot the picture mostly in Thermal, California in the weeks leading up to the HITS Million Dollar Grand Prix. They then took it back to their studio near Detroit, Michigan to be cut. None had spent significant time at a horse show prior.
The major subjects of the film include top Grand Prix Show Jumping riders Richard Spooner, Rich Fellers, Ashlee Bond, Mandy Porter and Olympic Gold medalist Will Simpson. Their stories of how horses have inspired and motivated them to succeed were so touching that even the ‘non-horsey’ crew from Tell found themselves falling in love with the subjects and the horses.
Camelot Theaters 2300 E Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262 September 28th at 4pm PURCHASE Tickets
West Palm Beach, FL January 2019
Sonoma Giant Steps Welcome at the historic Mystic Theatre Petaluma, California August 2018
Desert Flight screens at the Las Vegas National Horse Show at South Point Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, NV November, 2018
Hundreds joined us at Desert Flight’s World premiere at the FEI World Equestrian Games.Thank you for your support! North Carolina September 2018
Desert Flight wins Best of Festival in addition to Best Sports Documentary at the EQUUS Film Festival New York City November 2018
A love letter to the sport of show jumping, DESERT FLIGHT is a documentary short film that explores the unique relationship with the horse and why people dedicate so much to the equestrian life Bedford Playhouse, NY September 2019 VIEW […]
Dublin, Ireland August 2019
“Desert Flight Racing won the National Auto Sport ASsociation National Championship in the ST3 class driving a pair of Audi RS3 LMS race cars. Finishing first and eight in the 17 car field at Mid-Ohio raceway Sunday afternoon. Sponsored by the award winning equestrian documentary’Desert Flight’ the twin cars debuted a livery in the movie’s signature colors. Ross Thompson drove to first place while Daryl Staehle, the executive producer of the documentary took the eight spot in the race on Sunday October 22nd,”