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Potomac filmmaker and actor Thomas R. Waters is this close to finishing his first documentary, “The Best Thing For the Inside of a Marine Is the Outside of a Horse.”

The film, which is in post-production, will be shown by ConvergTV when it is completed.

The documentary chronicles how one week’s participation in the Jinx McCain Wounded Warrior Horsemanship Program begins to change the lives of its participants as they continue to develop mind, body and spirit in their recovery. The film shows how working with horses and developing equestrian skills instills confidence in injured veterans, helps them overcome self-doubt and emotional distress and encourages them to think positively about their future.

“We shot most of the footage for it last year in Virginia,” Waters said. “We’re just trying to finish it.”

But some of the footage he needs to complete the project is “stupidly expensive,” Waters said, running as much as $5,000 a second for scenes of Afghanistan and Iraq.

To help finish the film, Waters’s production company, El Gato Rojo Productions, is hosting a fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Tami’s Table Cafe and Wine Bar in Potomac.

The director and producers will be on hand and there will be hors d’oeuvres and wine. At 7 p.m., there will be a screening of the film’s trailer.