The Horse Boy
|The Horse Boy|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michel Orion Scott|
|Produced by||Rupert Isaacson|
|Music by||Kim Carroll, Lili Haydn|
|Distributed by||Zeitgeist Films UK/US Warner Home Video US DVD|
|Running time||93 minutes|
|Country||United States, United Kingdom|
The Horse Boy is the title of an autobiographical book and a documentary feature film that follow the quest of Rupert Isaacson and his wife to find healing for their autistic son Rowan. After discovering that Rowan's condition appears to be improved by contact with horses and other animals, the family leave their home in Texas on an arduous journey to seek help from the traditional shamans in Mongolia. The book and film follow the family as they travel via the UK by plane, van and on horseback in an attempt to treat the boy's condition with shamanic healing.
The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son, a book about the Isaacsons' experience, written by Rupert Isaacson, was released by Little Brown and Company on April 14, 2009. The book was a New York Times Best-seller.
The film was directed by Michel Orion Scott and is distributed by Zeitgeist Films. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and won the 2009 Feature Film Audience Award for the Lone Star States at South by Southwest.
- List of films about Autism
- Autism spectrum disorders in the media
- Autism: The Musical
- Dad's in Heaven with Nixon
- Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back
- "The Horse Boy". Zeitgeist Films. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
- "Past Winners". SXSW. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
- Official website
- The Horse Boy at the Internet Movie Database
- An article about the book in The New York Times
- An article about the film in The Wall Street Journal