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Riding My Way Back


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Riding My Way Back


A New Documentary By Academy Award Nominee Robin Fryday and Peter Rosenbaum

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Synopsis


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Synopsis


Riding My Way Back is a short documentary that chronicles one soldier’s journey back from the brink of suicide.  In 2010, Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker returned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in addition to third-degree burns and nerve damage from a roadside bomb.  At his most desperate and isolated, on 42 medications and suicidal, Aaron is introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors:  a horse named Fred.  Through caring for Fred and building mutual trust, Aaron begins the difficult process of reconnecting to the world around him and healing the terrible, invisible wounds of war that had nearly defeated him. 

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Equine Assisted Therapy for Wounded Warriors and Military Veterans


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Equine Assisted Therapy for Wounded Warriors and Military Veterans


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REAL STORIES


Soldiers Share Their Stories

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REAL STORIES


Soldiers Share Their Stories

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EXPERT INTERVIEWS


Equine Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress and Veterans Affairs

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EXPERT INTERVIEWS


Equine Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress and Veterans Affairs

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TEAM BIOS


Riding My Way Back Team

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TEAM BIOS


Riding My Way Back Team

Robin Fryday 
Director/Producer

Robin’s commitment to use her work to bring awareness and voice to often overlooked people has led to her creating award winning work in both still photography and film. She possesses the unique quality of creative empathy that imbues all of her projects, propelling them emotionally past the standard “documentary” label.

It is this quality that brought her first film project, The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement an Academy Awards nomination in 2012 for Best Documentary Short Subject. Having its premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, “The Barber” received recognition from many other film festivals across the country and internationally.  In 2014, she was a recipient of the prestigious duPont Award for Excellence in Journalism from Columbia University for The Barber of Birmingham.  

In addition to the filmography she is creating, Robin has photographed and filmed remote village children in Peru, Bhutan, India, as well as children in Marin County. A trip to Haiti in 2009 to help the relief effort there resulted in an emotionally compelling body of work: a still photography project (“The Haiti Project” robinfryday.com) and a short film - “The Center of Hope.” Robin also co-founded the Bay Area Heart Gallery, a traveling photographic exhibit to raise awareness about children and youth in foster care.

Robin’s new documentary short, Riding My Way Back, the story of a veteran, a horse and hope, is being launched in 2014.   The Old Movie House, a short about the restoration of the Novato Theater in Novato, California was completed in the spring of 2014 will be screened this fall.

Peter Rosenbaum 
Co-Director/Co-Producer

For over 25 years Peter Rosenbaum has been telling narrative stories through still Photography. As an advertising photographer he has created images and campaigns for many of the top retail brands in the country (Marshall Fields, Macy’s Target, Neiman Marcus, et.al.). His fashion work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune Magazine, City New York, Black Book, Modern Bride, Q-UK, and Chicago Magazine. In early 2012, HGTV Celebrity Designer Monica Pedersen published a design book, Make It Beautiful, photographed by Peter. 

His personal work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibits, private galleries, as well as The Chicago Cultural Center, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, and The Hyde Park Art Center. 

Primarily a still photographer and now cinematographer, Peter has also designed a museum installation for the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, won awards for both photography and television campaigns (New York Art Directors Club, Print, Telly, Black Book), and developed a business platform (Rosenbaum, Inc.) for a group of strategists, creatives, producers, and business leaders.

His role as a Co-Producer/Director/Cinematographer with Robin Fryday on Riding My Way Back was his first experience in documentary filmmaking.

A documentary short that tells the story of the revival of a small town movie theater has recently been completed and will be screened this fall. The Old Movie House is Peter’s second collaboration with Robin Fryday.


Richie Goldman
Executive Producer

Richie is the co-founder of Men’s Wearhouse.  He was with the company from its inception in 1973 through 2002.  While there, his area of expertise was in Marketing and Merchandising.  Since leaving MW, Richie has been involved in several ventures.  He is the author of a book, Luck by Design…Certain Success in an Uncertain World, which won several awards, including as a finalist in the “Self-Help:  Motivational” category at the National Best Books Awards in 2009.  He is a Founder and Managing Director of HatchToday, a coworking space in San Francisco.  He is a consultant to several retail companies, both online and brick and mortar, and also served on the Boards of non-profits such as SF Connect, T4A, Rutgers University, Brandies University (the Graduate School of Business and Finance), and Mills College. 

Jacob Steingroot
Editor

Jacob is an accomplished editor with 13 years of experience in a broad range of projects.  Recent credits include the 2012 Academy Award nominated documentary “The Barber of Birmingham,” NOVA’s Emmy nominated web series “The Secret Life of Scientists,” and reality pilots for TLC, A&E and The Travel Channel.  He began his career as an assistant editor on Ric Burns’ award-winning series New York: A Documentary Film. Working side by side with Burns and editors Li-Shun Yu and Juliana Parroni gave him a hands-on education in top-shelf documentary editing. Steingroot went on to edit several documentaries, including Saving Hubble, the Emmy-nominated Kit Carson for American Experience, and Everything’s Cool, an official selection of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. 


James LeBrecht
Sound Designer

James is an award-winning sound designer for film, games and exhibitions. After a 10-year stint as the Resident Sound Designer for the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, James designed sound for productions at the American Conservatory Theater, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego. As a sound editor, designer and supervisor for films, he has worked on projects such as Twin Peaks and Skywalker Sound. In 1996, James founded Berkeley Sound Artists, an audio postproduction facility, located in Berkeley’s Saul Zaentz Media Center. Berkeley Sound's extensive film portfolio includes Academy Award-winner The Blood of Yangzhou District, Daughter from Danang, We were here, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, and The Barber of Birmingham

Carlo Flores
Motion Graphics

Early in his career, Carlo has managed to spread his talents among organizations such as the American Conservatory Theater, Noon, and Interstitch Films.  He has worked for VFX and advertising companies in Los Angeles including The Mill, mOcean, and Syndrome Studios to name a few. Carlo’s work has appeared in Print Magazine, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Sundance Film Festival, among other venues. His short film Benches screened at the 2009 Cannes Short Film Corner, and he was awarded an Emmy by The Northern California Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Most recently he designed titles for the short film “The Barber of Birmingham,” a 2012 Academy Award nominee.

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