Awesome Gal, a film directed by Frank Calo, recently made waves at the Sundance Film Festival and won two LA Shorts Awards. Based upon the true story of an abused girl from the coal mines of West Virginia, and an abused Tennessee Walker horse, which seems to have no value, the two find each other, and help each other heal, creating an everlasting bound between them.

During Sundance, Park City TV interviewed Mr. Calo and actor Cameron Ring about the film, and it gained the attention of other media outlets as well.

Director Frank Calo, interviewed by Park City TV, during the Sundance Film Festival

In addition, the film won the January 2019 LA Shorts Awards for Best Director and for Best Trailer.

Frank Calo, Directing Awesome Gal

Written by Frank Calo & Rick Martinsen, the film features actress Sharon Spangler as “Sissy” and Cameron Ring as “Mountain Man.” Additional actors include Doug Sloan and Luke Conners as the Horse Trainers, and Layton Dudding, who plays a young boy.

Executive Producers are Deborah Ring and Jesse Ring, and the Line Producer is Jim Fulater. Other team members are Jake Simpson – Director of Photography, Enrique Williams – Sound, Joan Jones – Makeup, Ben George – Drone, and a wonderful horse, Zake.

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