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Wild Ponies of Chincoteague

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St. Michaels High School

200 Seymour Avenue

Saint Michaels, MD 21663

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Doors open at 5:30pm; film begins at 6pm.

Co-Directors: Kurt Kolaja, Tod Mesirow

As the auctioneer yells "sold!" Sabrina Dobbins breaks down, with tears streaming down her face. She hugs friends and family as reality hits her: Dobbins is now the proud owner of a Chincoteague pony, her dream come true. But her filly is more than just a pony, it's also a blessing.

"The Wild Ponies of Chincoteague" documentary chronicles the island's famous Pony Penning week, including its Pony Swim and Pony Auction. Co-directors Kurt Kolaja and Tod Mesirow tell the story of three Feather Fund recipients, specifically Dobbins, whose Chincoteague pony helped save her from severe depression and self-harm.

“Things that interest me are stories like Sabrina’s and stories like ponies, and stories that don’t get shouted out,” Kolaja said.

The co-directors' production process took a little more than three years and began as something completely different from the final film. Kolaja said they first headed to Chincoteague for a separate project, but when that fell through, Mesirow purchased the rights to the film the two had already shot.

Directorr: Kurt Kolaja is an independent, documentary, filmmaker. He has completed four films with a fifth currently in production. His documentary style is also used for corporate clients who wish to have the their story told through an honest lens. Prior to this role Kurt worked in broadcast news and production. When not shooting, editing, or writing, find Kurt exploring hidden corners with his wife Elise.

Post film discussion will include Sabrina Dobbins, the young woman featured in the film.

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