A short documentary film about a young man with autism taking the next step in his horseback riding career


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End of Fall Festival Season Press Release: 


Life in Strides Wraps Up Successful Fall Season

GWU Documentary Center film scores four awards only four months after its premiere  

Washington, DC - September 22, 2017 – This past June, a group of seven George Washington University students debuted their short documentary film at an intimate gathering of friends and family on the university’s campus. Merely four months later, the film has screened at four live festivals across the United States and has won four competitive awards.

Life in Strides, which tells the story of a young competitive horseback rider with autism, first won an Award of Merit in late September from the Best Shorts Competition. The competition recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity.

The film then went on to win 3 consecutive awards in the month of October alone. Life in Strides had its world premiere on October 14th at the Awareness Festival in Los Angeles. There, co-producer Pauline Tran accepted the Audience Award for Best Student Film. The following weekend, around 300 festivalgoers watched Life in Strides at the Austin Under the Stars Film Festival in Texas, where the film received the Best Editing Award. Finally, on October 29th, co-producer Patrick Foust accepted the Best Student Short Award from the Chesapeake Film Festival in Easton, MD.

The Life in Strides team finished the Fall season with its Virginia premiere at the Alexandria Film Festival. The film screened along with Queens in Training, another GWU Documentary Institute film, and Painted City, directed by Institute-alum Caitlin Carroll. The team hopes to share its emotional film with an even wider audience and has already submitted to several film festivals for next year.