House by the lake –


Screening in the cultural barn Gut Eibenhof

This short documentary tells the delightful tale of two young Massachusetts brothers – ages 9 and 11 – who undertake an improbable journey with their family pet, a Shetland pony named King. It’s summer, 1967, and Tony and Jeff Whittemore are desperate to visit Expo ’67 in Montreal – the largest World’s Fair ever. But their parents can’t take them. Then Mom comes up with the solution: hitch King to a pony cart and drive 325 miles to Expo ’67 – on their own – at 5 m.p.h.! The adventurous journey of the two boys made them well-known in the whole country!

The film raises questions that are as provocative today as they were 55 years ago: What constitutes good parenting, and how can we teach children resilience, capability, and confidence in the world?

Followed by a film discussion with filmmaker Eric Stange.

5 pm -5:35 pm

  • Credits

    USA 2022

    Length: 24 min

    Director: Eric Stange

    Version: Original with German subtitles