The Horse Boy

Director: Michel Orion Scott
Running time: 94’ - USA, 2008

Director’s Bio

Michel Orion Scott after earning a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also studied modern dance, he took on a diverse range of projects ranging from set construction and design on Hollywood features to abstract experimental work and documentaries. My Father in the River took him to the heart of the Bolivian rainforest, where he worked with the indigenous Moseten Indians of the region, using them as actors, extras and crewmembers in a truly collaborative effort. He has recently created promotional films for companies such as The Indigenous Land Rights Fund, Sol Education Abroad, and MAPAJO, an indigenous rights organization and eco-tourism company. The Horse Boy marks Scott’s debut as a feature film director.

Contact Director
Michel Orion Scott
Tel: 001512-825-3484

2009 Sundance
2009 SXSW
2009 IDFA Official selection

Zeitgeist Films US 




Director, Cinematographer: Michel Orion Scott


Producer: Rupert Isaacson


Narration: Rupert Isaacson


Original Music: Kim Carroll, Lili Haydn


Editor: Rita K. Sanders

Location Sound: Justin Hennard  

Sound Re-recording Mixer: Matt Ludwick  


Second Camera: Jeremy Bailey, Alex Daboub



This film explores one family's unforgettable journey as they travel halfway across the world in search of a miracle to heal their son. A sweeping and emotionally charged story, the film embodies the openness and faith the Isaacson family places in the possibility of trying something extraordinary. After feeling traditional medicine had failed them, journalist Rupert Isaacson embarked with wife Kristin and 5 year old autistic son Rowan by horseback to seek help from legendary shamans in Northern Mongolia. The results of the trip are simply astonishing. Variety reviewer Peter Debruge said, “This compelling docu presents its story via multiple access points: the subject of autism, the notion of alternative healing and the simple travelogue appeal of an excursion to remote, untamed Mongolia”.

World sales
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Director’s Statement

Rupert Isaacson and I began to talk about creating a film about the Bushmen, one that would help them in their fight for survival. A few months into pre-production he told me about his son Rowan, who had been diagnosed with autism. Rupert had decided to take Rowan to Mongolia and travel on horseback throughout the country in search of the mysterious shamans he was somehow sure could help heal his son. He asked me to come with them and record their trip. With a gulp, I said, “Yes, of course.” As I galloped across the countryside I was thrown from my horse, contracted giardia and faced each day with a level of aching soreness beyond what I had ever experienced. And all of this for a film? Yes, but even more for the sake of an autistic boy whose parents were willing to go literally to the ends of the earth to find healing for their son.