Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights on the horse-jumping documentary “Harry and Snowman” from Concourse Film Trade, Variety has learned exclusively.
Magnolia is planning a theatrical release of “Harry and Snowman” later this year. Becker Film Group has acquired the film for Australia and New Zealand with several other territories currently under negotiations at the Berlin Film Festival.
The film was directed by and produced by and Ron Davis of Docutainment Films. Paul Blavin (“The Hunting Ground”) and Karin Reid Offield are the executive producers.
“The film captures the human spirit of competition, family and friendship,” says Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures.
The story centers on Harry de Leyer and his former plow-horse, Snowman, winning the triple crown of show jumping in 1958 at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. De Leyer had purchased Snowman just two years earlier for $80 off a truck bound for the glue factory.
The story was the subject of Robert Montgomery’s 1962 book “Snowman,” which is being republished by Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, and of Elizabeth Letts’ “The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation.” Letts’ book was optioned in 2014 by MGM.
Dubbed “The Cinderella Horse,” Snowman still holds the American record for the high jump. The film has played at 18 festivals across the US and won 10 audience awards.
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Councourse began selling “Harry and Snowman” at the American Film Market.