Documentary featuring Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy students and wild mustangs premieres at Lookout Wild Film Festival

Sue Anne Wells, co-founder of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, attended the EQUUS Film Festival in November 2017, with four CGLA students who were featured in the documentary, When the Dust Settles. (Contributed photo)

This weekend's Lookout Wild Film Festival features a wide array of films, but one in particular - "When the Dust Settles" - has a special connection to Chattanooga.

It's about girls and horses, but really it's about so much more than that.

When Sue Anne Wells co-founded the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy in 2009, an all-girls public charter school located in the Highland Park neighborhood, the school staff held an orientation at Wells' family farm.

Wells' farm also happens to be the home to wild American mustangs, rescued and brought to Chattanooga from the western United States.

"My idea was to connect these girls to the wild horses thinking the mustangs were just as unsure as the girls were," Wells said. "The bonding and relationship building between the girls and the mustangs was incredible."

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