Trailer coming soon!
The documentary Wild Souls follows the story of Wild Souls Ranch. This ranch, located within a rural northern county of California, provides Equine Assisted Growth and Learning for ‘at-risk’ youth. We take an intimate look into the lives of a handful of tight-knit families attempting to cope with the ugliness of physical and sexual abuse and it’s long-lasting effects on young lives.
The founder, Savannah McCarty, experienced the stark realities of the court system herself and has grappled with her own issues of loss. After the abandonment of her mother, Savanah was made a ward of the state of California. Feeling alone, broken and afraid.
It was in this moment of darkness that that six year old Savanah was introduced to the woman that would change her life: Marlene. This extended-family acquaintance introduced Savanah to horses.
Horses are incredibly intuitive animals. They sense fear, anger and anxiety. The hidden things one has been carrying inside directly affects the experience with the horses. For the first time in years, Savanah was able to open up and feel more secure with these towering animals, than she did with any human. It was this experience that seeded the passion for her life’s calling.
She would provide Equine Assisted growth and Learning for at risk youth. She would help kids just like herself by applying the same love, principals and; of course, horse time that helped her become whole again.
This film weaves together the story of Savanah’s struggles and the parallel traumas of her young participants. Savanah was these kids and understands them, sometimes, better than their own parents. It was the kindness and guidance of one woman, that has created a legacy that will change many more ‘wild souls’ for years to come.
We are currently seeking funds to complete this film. If you are interested in supporting the project or have general inquiries, drop us a line!