The real-life plot of The Horse Boy goes a little something like this--after learning their young son Rowan is autistic and subsequently plunging themselves into the complicated, seemingly hopeless and expensive world of conventional therapies, Austin couple Rupert and Kristin Isaacson discover Rowan's deep and powerful connection with horses. This revelation leads the family on a very unexpected exploration of their son (and of themselves), ultimately leading them to Mongolia of all places. In a personal and universal story, director Michel O. Scott films the family at home in Texas and journeying across the breathtaking Mongolian countryside on horseback in search of reindeer herders and a powerful shaman. Magnolia at the Modern, a film series at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, presents The Horse Boy this weekend. The documentary, nominated for the 2009 grand jury prize at the SXSW Film Festival, screens at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8.50, $6.50 for Modern members. The Modern is located at 3200 Darnell St. in Fort Worth. For more information, call 817-738-9215 or visit themodern.org/magnolia.html.
Feb. 5-7, 2010
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