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Synopsis: “The Red Barn: A Legacy of Love” is the story of the Red Barn in Leeds, Alabama that provides equine-assisted therapy to people with all sorts of special needs and circumstances. The documentary tells how the Red Barn got its start, from the lady who inspired it to the one who made the dream become a reality. It is also the story of the children and adults whose lives have been changed by coming to the Red Barn, as well as the staff of the Red Barn and the horses themselves, who give so much to benefit others. But most importantly, it is a love story in the truest sense of the word, examining the true meanings of faith, hope, and love.


Horse Therapy





Run Time

60 minutes

Directed by

Christian Sutton

Director's Statement

“The Red Barn: A Legacy of Love” was a passion project. I know every director says that about their work, but there is no other way to sum up the experience of making this film. When we started the documentary in 2012, there was no financing to produce the project, the only things we had were our own equipment, faith that we were doing the right thing, hope that it would all work out in the end, and love for a place called The Red Barn in Leeds, Alabama. When more than 1,200 people came to the first showing in November of 2014 just before our official film festival debut in 2015, I knew we had made something that honored the work that The Red Barn was doing with children and adults alike. Now in 2020, we are re-releasing a special anniversary edition to help The Red Barn. I am immensely proud of the film and I hope that everyone who watches it will fall in love with The Red Barn too, just as I did all those years ago in 2012.

Director's Bio

Christian Sutton is a 2012 graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a concentration in Film. His first feature film was “The Red Barn: A Legacy of Love” in 2015. “The Red Barn: A Legacy of Love” went on to play at the 2015 International Christian Film Festival, where it was nominated for Most Creative Documentary, Most Inspirational Documentary and Best Documentary. The documentary was then used as a fundraiser for the titular Red Barn in Leeds, Alabama. Currently, Christian is the Video Producer for Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. As well, he is currently writing and seeking financing for his first feature length narrative film.

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