Getting Stable

Amanda Held, a veteran and lifelong equestrian, felt compelled to help her fellow American military veterans to heal from the psychological impacts of armed combat and tours of duty. Leaning on her lifelong experience and love of horses, she formed Healing of Veterans through Equine-Assisted Service, commonly known as H.O.O.V.E.S. Veterans of the United States military services enter into the H.O.O.V.E.S. program whose mission is to use rescue horses to heal and empower them through training exercises. Getting Stable follows both Amanda as she runs the program and the participants themselves as they both seek the power of healing from interacting with horses.

  • Vanessa Leonard
    A Story Worth Living, A Summer To Remember
  • Clinton LaForest
    A Summer To Remember, Best Interest, Shelved, Pi Day Die Day
  • Lindsey LaForest
    A Summer To Remember, Best Interest, Shelved, Pi Day Die Day
  • Vanessa Leonard
    A Story Worth Living, A Summer To Remember
  • Amanda Thompson
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    41 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 11, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Vanessa Leonard

Ohio native, Vanessa Leonard is no stranger to the stage or camera. She performed in several theatrical acts when younger for her church and school. But her passion for making movies started when she was twelve years old, when she asked her parents for a video camera. Once gifted with a camcorder, then came the story writing and the casting friends and family for fan fiction projects like "Sherlock Holmes" and "Star Wars" shorts, as well as original short stories.

After receiving her bachelor's degree at Bowling Green State University, Vanessa found opportunities that let her continue her passion, as she landed various acting roles for several regional independent films and television advertisements.

Vanessa, however, wanted to expand beyond her acting talents. So she returned to her teenage roots and began seeking roles behind the camera.

“Getting Stable” is Vanessa’s third professional project since highlighting her work more as an independent filmmaker, serving as producer and editor of the film. The film is also Vanessa’s debut as lead cinematographer.

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Director Statement

“Getting Stable” is a film that brings awareness to mental illness amongst our American heroes.

I had just wrapped on my first feature-length drama film about mental health that I had written and directed when One Stoplight Production contacted me, inquiring my interest and availability to produce a film that the company already had in motion and needed assistance bringing the project to completion.

Once I discovered that the film was also on mental health featuring veterans and how they live a life of PTSD after facing war and other highly stressful situations, I was humbled and grateful to have been asked to be a part of such an crucial film.