ALEXANDRIA — When iconic Newark coach Ruth Sunkle was lending her wisdom to Kathryn King, it was back in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Since reconnecting about 10 years ago, however, it has been King doing the mentoring. Along with a little help from their friends.
The “friends” in this case are horses, specifically, the healing Nokota therapy equines King has at her Valhalla Hill Farm near Alexandria. One of those horses, Leoti, starred in the recently-released independent movie “Adeline,” about a heroic medicine horse that saved 12 lives during a tornado at Serendipity Stables above Marysville in Union County. While Sunkle’s horse, Daisy, is not a Nokota, she also has a prominent role in the film, most of which was shot on King’s farm and in Licking County.
“Adeline” was co-written, directed and co-produced by renowned indie film maker Greg James, who grew up in Charm, Ohio in Amish country, has ties to Johnstown and lives in Columbus. He used primarily Columbus-area actors and local locations, including Johnstown’s Main Street, Dashing Diner Uptown, Hair After salon and village offices. Granville, Utica, Alexandria, Nashport and the barn of Sunkle’s cousin, Bret Wilkins, near Glenford in Perry County are also listed in the film’s credits.
But the inspirational movie, which is currently playing on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Spectrum, Direct TV, Google Play, Dish