Julianne Neal, critically-acclaimed equestrian documentary director and equine advocate, to join Elise Gaston Chand on Award-Winning Because of Horses Podcast, Friday, Aug. 2
August 2, 2019— Julianne Neal is an award-winning director, producer and educator, committed to creating films which raise awareness of issues facing horses and their owners. She is the director of the critically acclaimed documentary, “A Pony and His Boy,” one of many films that Julianne has directed for the Spotlight Rescue Series, a partnership with the EQUUS Film Festival.
“A Pony and His Boy,” tells the story of Josh, an 8-year-old boy living with Down syndrome, and the transformative effect of his relationship with a 28-year-old pony named Berry. A Winnie Award fan favorite when it debuted at the EQUUS Film Festival in 2018, the film demonstrates the value of the older equine beyond its peak performance years.
Julianne is committed to helping better the lives of both horses and humans through improved relationships and understanding. With her partner Bruce Anderson, Julianne is the co-founder of Nature’s View Natural Humanship, an organization dedicated to improving the mental and physical well-being of horses and humans. They also coordinate The Marley Project, a nonprofit committed to supporting equine educational and public service projects.
Julianne is the Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts for the Fairfield County School District in South Carolina. She is a graduate of the Director’s Program of the Manhattan Film Institute and the founder and owner of JA Media Connections. Julianne is also the host of the EQUUS Film Festival’s annual stop in Camden, South Carolina.
The EQUUS Film Festival, founded in 2013 by Lisa Diersen, was created to empower storytellers to present the rich history of the horse and to help filmmakers gain international distribution and recognition. It is the first festival dedicated exclusively to equestrian-themed film, fine art and writing. The EQUUS Film Festival will be held Dec. 5-8, 2019, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Throughout the year, traveling festivals are held at venues across the country and a subscription service, available through Horse Network, provides on-demand access to many of the festival’s films.
About Because of Horses
Each week, Elise Gaston Chand connects the horse world with informative and entertaining conversations about horses, horse-people and the equestrian life. Because of Horses is the horse-lover’s podcast for listeners worldwide, sharing notable equestrians’ personal stories, challenges, triumphs and expert insights, as well as timely topics and exciting event information from around the globe.Because of Horses is an American Horse Publications award winner and is the official podcast of the Hampton Classic.