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directed by Autie Carlisle

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Ebullient is a short documentary about a broken bull-rider from West Texas who must find sobriety to save himself and his son.

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The only thing Ross Edmonds wanted to do was ride bulls,
even after he broke his neck twice. Trying to cope with life the way his mother taught him, through drinking and drugs, he nearly killed himself.

After his son was taken away from him he knew he had to find another way of living.

A story of perseverance and stubbornness. Ross never gives up; not as a kid and not as he fights for his own kid.

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Director Statement

Ross was difficult to be friends with. I met him in 2014 while I was living in the overly-trendy town called Marfa, Texas. Being in that town I thought he was just ultra-stylized with his (then) braided hair with a feather tucked in and wearing spurs when he walked into a restaurant to eat lunch. That was the first time I saw him and I didn't see a horse outside. Instead he was with a woman with dyed black hair, head-to-toe tattoos and only one leg. And I was curious what his story might be. I soon found out that he was a real cowboy, so proud of that fact that he even rode his horse inside the local bar once or twice. But still, I never felt like he would tell me his story because it was something he couldn't quite tell to himself.

I was visiting Texas again in 2019 and found out that Ross was sober. I found out that he had taken up surfing in the west coast of Ireland when retracing his Irish heritage, that he had a son, and that he was someone who wanted to own his own story. He still had his broken past, but he was trying to rebuild it. Learning to be a father and learning to deal with loss and pain instead of running from it. And that felt like something worth telling.