Horses have the power to make a difference in human lives even without speaking the human language. In the new movie, Emma’s Chance, the horse, Chance, forms an affectionate bond with the lead character, Emma, to rescue a pasture that houses animals including Chance. Through their journey of building a relationship, they create this “horse code” style of communication. They use this form of communication to their advantage later in the movie to compete in a junior equestrian show. It is quite an indiscriminate bond that illustrates a correlation with humans and horses succinctly.
LAEntNews interviewed some of the stars and supporters of the movie at the Arclight Hollywood ‘s premiere.
“We like this movie and are proud of our mom. It’s [Emma’s Chance] different than other movies because girls are learning to ride horses. It [movie] inspires us to rescue animals instead of hunting a squirrel.” Dylan and Sawyer, sons of the director, shared with LAEntNews about their mother’s directorial debut.
The movie begins with Emma, the lead character, being subjected to peer pressure at school while also overwhelmed with academic challenges.Emma’s Chance director, Anna Elizabeth James, described some of those transformative elements in the movie that audiences could enjoy and be inspired by watching it.“Even though you may have seen similar movies with young girls and horses. This film is special because it has a “mean girl” element.
There are two stories of friendships interweaved between Emma and Chance, as well as her friendships with girls at school.” (James)Through these relationships, you learn about what kind of characteristics it takes to battle against the odds.Emma’s Chance supporting actress, Amber Frank, explained
“This [Emma’s Chance] is a beautiful film. It represents friendships and love. I love animals. To me, when you watch a relationship between a human and animal onscreen, it opens your heart to compassion and love.”Frank’s continued, “Horses have hearts and feelings. They feel things like humans do. They are strong and loving too. On screen, you see this [loving and strong traits] both in Emma and Chance.”
The undeniable onscreen chemistry between Emma and Chance along with their parallel individual growth draws enough compassion that makes it an ideal family movie.“I think people should give this movie a chance because it’s for all ages. Anyone can connect whether they are ninety or a toddler. There is an underlying message of love, redemption, and trust.” Emma’s Chance supporting actress, Shanna Strong, told LAEntNews.
Developing healthy relationships are just a subtopic derived from the purpose of love and compassion enthralled in this story. The ultimate purpose of this film is to bring awareness to horse rescuing and preserving animals.Actress Greer Grammer gave her primary reason for starring in her first lead role enthusiastically.“The fact it is based on a real-life rescue ranch. When I read the script, I wanted to bring attention to Red Bucket. [Red Bucket] saves horses from auctions and out of gutters. They rescue show horses and rehabilitate them.” (Graham)
Furthermore, Emma’s Chance producer, Tyler Konney, chimed in:
“My mother introduced me to the Red Bucket organization and immediately I recognized there was a movie. She [Tyler’s mom] rode horses early on in her life and has now been active in rescuing them.”Red Bucket Equine Rescue founder, Susan Peirce, concluded the night with unyielding inspiration that would compel anyone to get off his or her high horse. “ Once I learned about there was a need [for horse-rescuing]. I couldn’t turn my back, so I dedicated my life.” (Peirce)