A documentary feature film about the U.S. Para Olympic Dressage Team is nearing completion, but the filmmakers need approximately $100,000 USD in funds to finish it.
ParaGold follows the lives of four Paralympic equestrian hopefuls as they vie for a spot on the 2021 U.S. Paralympic Dressage team for the the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo: Roxy Trunnell, Rebecca Hart, David Botana, and Sydney Collier. Each rider has severe physical disabilities, but determination and the bond with their horses propel them to greatness.
Director/producer Ron Davis has made films about people with physical disabilities before. His first feature doc, Miss You Can Do It, chronicled Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa USA, the first woman with a disability to compete at the pageant, as well as eight young girls with various disabilities as they participated in the Miss You Can Do It Pageant. The film aired on HBO.
Davis was also the director of Harry and Snowman, the story of Dutch immigrant Harry DeLeyer and the plow horse he rescued from slaughter and took to international show jumping fame.
Based in Wellington, Florida, Davis turned his eyes to the para-dressage riders and has now turned to the Internet to raise the money to complete ParaGold. Donors will receive various incentives according to the amount donated. For example, $100 donors will each get a digital download of the finished film, while a $10,000 donation will give you a pre-release, in-person screening with Davis and a producer credit in the ending credits. Many other options are listed on the donation site. The film is scheduled for release in 2022.
Watch the trailer here:
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