The Westport Cultural Council will host its sixth annual film series on three consecutive Wednesdays this summer - August 16, 23, and 30, at 7 p.m.
The film series, free and open to the public, is made possible through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust. It will be held at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport.
This year, the council will present three documentary films highlighting the theme “Remarkable Connections.”
Each film will be introduced by a guest speaker, with a question and answer period to follow each showing.
The series begins Aug. 16 with:
"Riding My Way Back" chronicles Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker's journey back from the brink of suicide. Heliker returns from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. Desperate and isolated, on 42 medications and suicidal, Heliker is introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fred. Directors: Robin Fryday, Peter Rosenbaum, 2014. 29 Min.
Guest speaker is Julie Lovely, a life-long horsewoman and the executive director and founder of Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program in West Bridgewater. Wild Hearts offers equine-facilitated psychotherapy along with "Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes" to help military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Lovely holds two certifications from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship: Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and Therapeutic Riding Instructor.