Lead Change

"Lead Change" explores the journey of Oakland, California based Polo player Dale Johnson and his horse and teammate Sunny. This short sports documentary explores how a person from a non-traditional Polo background, is working everyday to represent and change notions of where Polo players and equestrians come from, look like, and how they feel. To ask a horse to make a lead change is to subtly direct redirect which leg dominates the horse's stride and that is what "Lead Change" was created to do, to subtly shift the narrative. Ultimately, it's a lesson in what we all can do to go about breaking down barriers, honoring traditions, updating narratives and leading change our own lives and the lives of others.

  • Michael Crocker
  • Michael Crocker
  • Michael Crocker
  • Dale Johnson
    Key Cast
  • Brandon Crocker
    Additional Camera & Stills
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Venice Shorts Film Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 14, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Alameda International Film Festival
    United States
    February 18, 2022
Director Biography - Michael Crocker

Michael Crocker is a freelance sports videographer and video editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has been in partnership with ESPN, Pau Gasol, Damian Lillard, Antonio Brown, Marshawn Lynch, Draymond Green, adidas Europe, USA Rugby, CloseUp360, 2Cents Sports, and more.

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