The American Wild Horse Is Making Its Last Stand
With the American mustang crisis in the news worldwide, award-winning filmmaker, James Anaquad-Kleinert brings his star- studded environmental film, Wild Horses & Renegades, featuring Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Viggo Mortensen, Daryl Hannah Governor Richardson, Congressmen Grijalva, Pulitzer Prize winning American Indian Author Scott Momaday and Raoul Trujillo to the International Wild Life Film Festival in Missoula Montana.
Wild Horses & Renegades was awarded Honorable Mention in the following categories on May 13th 2011, Cinematography, Investigative Journalism and Music Editing/Sound Track. The film is picking up momentum and receiving requests for screenings from around the world.
Robert Mirabal (Two Time Grammy Award Winner & Native American Artist of the Year) who composed much of the films sound track played a powerful and up-lifting concert following the films screening. Joined by Michael Blake (Author Dances With Wolves) and Tokala Clifford Black Elk.
Director James Anaquad filmed the concert in HD and will be including clips on the films web site www.theamericanwildhorse.com.
In Wild Horses & Renegades, Anaquad-Kleinert weaves shocking footage of actual roundups with the story of a horse named Traveler and his journey from a strong stallion on the range to a broken inmate at a Bureau of Land Management processing center in Canon City, Colorado. The film captures the pure and stunning beauty of horses in the wild with dramatic western backdrops. Shot in high definition, this film’s incredible aesthetics contrast with the mismanagement of our last wild public lands.
Anaquad-Kleinert has also incorporated beautiful aesthetic footage of horses in the wild contrasted by the brutal BLM roundups in a new call to action music video featuring Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, a hit song released by U2.
“If the public could view what’s being done to wild horses, the public would stand up and take action. This is not a film just about America’s Wild Horses, this is a film about what is happening to America itself,” states Michael Blake, author of Dances with Wolves, in Wild Horses & Renegades.
The documentary captures the corporate benefits of wild horse roundups, including clearing land for Uranium mining claims, oil and gas pipelines and corporate cattle grazing. “Our public lands are run by the oil, mining and livestock industries and it’s their way or the highway,” says former Bureau of Land Management Director Jim Baca, in Wild Horses & Renegades.
Anaquad-Kleinert is offering the film as a tool to spark support for an executive order ending Bureau of Land Management wild horse roundups and an a congressional investigation into the Department of the Interior. The Bureau of Land Management estimates it has over 40,000 wild horses in holding facilities, costing taxpayers $120,000 a day.
Wild Horses & Renegades is available for review on request. The film trailer and music video featuring U2’s music are available at www.theamericanwildhorse.com
Please check out a review of the film at the following links:
- Movie Review: Wild Horses & Renegades (rtfitch.wordpress.com)
- Showing the Truth about Wild Horse Roundups (rtfitch.wordpress.com)
- Filmaker and Rock Group U2 Team Up to Save Wild Horses (rtfitch.wordpress.com)
- Movie Review: Wild Horses & Renegades (blogcritics.org)