Homestretch, the Movie

Some months back, I told you all about my friend, Sheri Bylander’s incredible movie about racehorses and prisoners, called “Homestretch.”

Last Fall, Sheri had a showing of the film here in Dallas at the Magnolia, and we got to see this fantastic film first hand.

The really cool news is that PBS has picked up the film, and is now planning to offer it to local affiliates, starting in April.

Below is an email I got from Sheri today about all the times that are already confirmed…

Here are the PBS/ETV broadcasts announced so far. Feel free to call your local station to see if they are airing it. The show is billed as Homestretch: Racehorse Rescue and is available to all PBS/ETV stations starting April 18. All dates/times will be posted on the Homestretch website as they come up.

Sunday, April 26 at 9 a.m. – MPTV – Milwaukee Public Television
Monday, April 27 at 4 am – KET1 – Kentucky ETV
Thursday, April 30 at 9:00 pm – WYCC-TV20 PBS station in Chicago
Friday, MAY 1 AT 8 P.M. – ETV’S South Carolina ETV
Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. – UEN-TV – Utah Education Network
Sunday, MAY 3 AT 2 P.M. – ETV’S – South Carolina ETV
Sunday, MAY 3 AT 6 P.M. ON ETV HD – Southern Lens Series
Tuesday, May 12 at 1 am – OPB – Oregon Public Broadcasting
Thursday, MAY 14 AT 9 P.M. ON ETV HD – Southern Lens Series
KACV – Amarillo, TX – Time/Date TBD
KLRU – Austin, TX –Time/Date TBD

Sheri Bylander

This really is a remarkable film. Here’s the trailer for the film:

It’s such an amazing film about redemption for both the horses and the prisoners. I’m so pleased for Sheri, and I hope that if the show is on in your area that you’ll be sure and watch. And if it’s not on in your area, call your local station and request it!


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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