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Wild Horse “Tell-All” Film to Air on Documentary Channel

“Wild Horses & Renegades” will premiere Sunday, July 1 (8 pm ET/PT), on Documentary Channel with an encore airing at 11pm ET/8 pm PT!  Other special encores include Friday, July 13 (8 pm ET) and again the same night at 11 pm ET

With the American mustang crisis in the news worldwide, award-winning filmmaker, James Anaquad-Kleinert brings his star- studded environmental film, “Wild Horses & Renegades” to National attention.   In the film, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Viggo Mortensen, Raoul Trujillo, Daryl Hannah and Dances with Wolves author Michael Blake join with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) to highlight how the great symbol of the American West is being purposefully driven to extinction by a corrupt Bureau of Land Management. 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. As Jim Baca (former Director of the Bureau of Land Management) states in “Wild Horses & Renegades,” “Our Public Lands are run by the oil, mining and livestock industries and it’s their way or the highway.”

“If the public could view what’s being done to wild horses, the public would stand up and take action. This is just not a film about America’s Wild Horses this is a film about what is happening to America itself!” says Michael Blake, author of Dances with Wolves.

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. Shot in high definition, this filmʼs incredible aesthetics contrast with the mismanagement of our last wild public lands.  Americans of diverse ethnic backgrounds are interviewed in the film and the common thread is one of passion, freedom and liberty when people speak of the wild horse.

“Wild Horses & Renegades” exposes how millions of taxpayer dollars are being used to corral the few remaining American wild horses, which are then underfed, forced into inhumane and diseased living conditions, and sold for adoption or to Mexican slaughterhouses for human consumption. The Bureau of Land Management estimates it has over 40,000 wild horses in holding facilities, costing taxpayers $120,000 a day.

“I adopted a wild horse named Voodoo, who had been rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management and adopted out to a killer buyer. The man like many or most killer buyers, played a cruel game of acquiring horses and betting that he could sell them to slaughter before he had to feed them. But the problem did not begin with the killer buyer. It began with the Bureau of Land Management,” says Willie Nelson.

Director James Anaquad-Kleinert is the lead plaintiff in a recently-filed federal lawsuit challenging the 2011 Disappointment Valley, Colorado, roundup based on violations of the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse & Burro Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the U.S. Constitution.  Kleinert v. Salazar is a rare opportunity to create new environmental law, stop the violence of roundups, and save the American wild horse from cruel and inhumane treatment, and ultimate extinction.  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.

  • That Department of Interior/BLM suspend all roundups and return healthy horses currently in short- and long-term government holding facilities to the millions of available acres on Herd Areas and Herd Management Areas that BLM has zeroed-out.
  • Co-sponsor if they haven’t already, and pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 (S. 1176, H.R.2966) and

Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses on the range and save taxpayers millions annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling of wild horses in government holding facilities.

Documentary Channel is primarily available through satellite television services DISH Network (Channel 197) and DIRECTV (Channel 267). 

About James Anaquad-Kleinert

Always ready to tackle challenges, James Anaquad-Kleinert, the former World Cup competitor in aerial freestyle skiing, has been hailed for both his high action winter sports films and his in-depth environmental films with a strong Native American element. Anaquad-Kleinert produces from his company, Moving Cloud Productions based in Telluride, Colorado ( Other works include “The Edge of Telluride” and “Spirit Riders,” an award-winning documentary that showed in part on (

Festivals, awards and honors for “Wild Horses & Renegades” include:

  • International Wild Life Film Festival
    • Awards for excellence
    • Special Mention in Investigative Journalism, Cinematography and Music/Sound Editing
  • Top 10 list of movies for 2011 published by
  • ITN Film Festival, New York, NY
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34 replies »

  1. James, I still have not seen this and do not get this channel. Please, send me the DVD? I believe it was included in a donation package from a year back. I would so like to see this and share it with others who, like me, live in the back country. mar


    • Good luck getting a copy, Mar. I have put in nearly $20,000 to James Kleinert and am supposedly an associate producer, and I still don’t have a copy of the film. It is really important one knows where our money goes when we donate……or invest.


      • Thanks for letting me know. Like others I don’t get this channel. And I’ve been wanting to see this film for the longest time.

        This film is also available for rental too.

        Raoul Truillo–he was in episode 1 Season 5 of Canada’s tv’s show Heartland. He played a liberty horse trainer. I was totally memorized by his performance. Now I have to go watch it again!


      • Sure…you can order it… for it…but when will you get it??….Again, “savewildhorses”, when I put in thousands of dollars towards the production of James Kleinerts film to save wild horses….I did it to SAVE WILD HORSES and expose what the BLM was doing. NOT TO SUPPORT JAMES KLEINERT. I still do not have a copy of the film.


      • Making a non-profit a lifestyle is a little touchy. I gave thousands elsewhere and never received a letterhead tax receipt for anything or even for equipment. It was promised and when I inquired I was told to use my own accounts to verify? When I said something again I was threatened. It would be nice if the wild horse .orgs were given some scrutiny by the advocates for their own peace of mind. The legitimate use of funds is to be hoped but is just not always the case. People would be surprised what goes on. They deserve to know when they foot the bills!!


    • I don’t think I know what the “Documentary Channel” is. I, too, would like to see it so any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


      • Dear Spiritdog hope this helps Direct tv call Letters DOC channel 267 will air this film at the specified times, hope this helps all here !!!!!!also


      • Good Lord….”google” Documentary Channel with your media channels provider, be it cable or satellite. See if Doc has a computer app for feeds for internet and wi-fi. Seriously, it ain’t voodoo science.


      • Denise I took your suggestion (thank you by the way) and sadly I don’t have an app for this channel. It’s just a total bummer.


  2. “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.” Congressional investigation? Doesn’t criminal activity fall under jurisdication of Justice Dept? It’s time for dismantling, prosecution, and sentencing – we are past useless congressional investigation.
    I don’t get these channels either. Unless this goes mainstream, majority of Americans will still be ignorant about this issue.


  3. Why is it that any coverage of this extremely important issue is on a channel that no one gets or @ 5am? Even then it’s usually portrayed that the mustangs are breeding like rabbits and over taking the western US. The only coverage I ever saw that didn’t spew BLM propaganda was on “Issues” with Jane Valez Mitchell, and again, that was on an obscure channel that most people don’t get.


    • DEAR LiSA, , I am fortunate to get this channel, I know what you saying why wouldnt they put this on a mainstream channel?????That is where everyone can see it??? Most of the ones who dont know about this have just the Main channels to watch, since I have this Channel here in Ohio , I have emailed everyone one I know as to the time and date !!!!!


  4. News:
    Written by Brian Merchant
    The term ‘conflict of interest’ was invented for situations like this: the Petroleum Association of Wyoming openly admits to providing money to pay the salaries of additional federal Bureau of Land Management staff members, who have been hired to help speed up the permitting process for oil and gas drilling operations.
    Here’s the Wyoming Tribune:
    Wyoming oil and natural gas operators, anxious to hurry up the bogged-down federal drill permit process, are forking over tens of thousands of dollars to pay for additional federal staff and overtime.
    The Petroleum Association of Wyoming will likely spend least $100,000 on overtime and salaries for federal and contract workers to speed approval of drilling permits, also known as APDs, at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s field office in Casper, said Bruce Hinchey, the association’s president.
    The permit requests the office is fielding have more than doubled in the last two years, says Casper Field Manager Joe Meyer, and the office is short-staffed.
    So, by golly, the nice men from the oil companies just decided they’d help out, and that they’d send some cash over to those poor, overworked federal regulators. That way, they can just hire some more temps and get on with the business of rubber-stamping all of their drilling proposals. More hands on deck!
    Seriously, though—aren’t there supposed to be laws against this? Remember the scandals that came to light after the folks at the Minerals Management Services, who issued permits to BP for offshore drilling, were revealed to be like, entirely under the oil industry’s thumb? How slack permitting was at least partly responsible for the biggest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history?
    I know what you’re thinking. That was an entirely different federal agency that was corrupted by oil money (and oil drugs and oil sex). I’m sure there will be no problems this go round with the oil industry paying the entire salaries and overtime of workers hired to regulate them. I’m sure these new workers will do a fair and unbiased job. I’m sure they will not be influenced in any way when it comes time to issue or deny a permit for the company that is providing them with their paychecks.


    By JEREMY FUGLEBERG Star-Tribune business editor

    To speed Wyoming drilling, industry pays for federal staff additions

    Hinchey brushed off questions about whether putting federal workers on the industry’s payroll could bias permitting decisions toward the industry.


    • Well US Supreme Court said industry couldn’t pay for food inspectors (specifically equine meat)…how can energy interests be allowed?


    BLM Offers Workshop on Filing Mining Claims

    Reno, Nev.—Public land mining is big in Nevada. There are more than 212,600 active mining claims on lands managed by Bureau of Land Management in the state. These claims must be filed and paid by annual fees to be valid. Locating, mapping, and filing mining claims correctly will be the focus of a free, public workshop offered by the BLM Nevada State Office on Thursday, July 12.
    “Mining is important to the economy of the state,” said BLM Nevada State Director Amy Lueders. “Our goal is to provide the training that will enable miners to accurately file claims within the appropriate timeframes.”
    Workshop topics will include using the LR2000 system, bonding, land status, certificates of location, mapping a claim, annual maintenance fees, waivers, notices of intent to hold, and affidavits of assessment work/proofs of labor. To attend the workshop, please RSVP by July 2 to Trish Arnold, 775-861-6498 or email Trish at


  7. I, too, would love to watch this program, but I’m not sure if I get this channel or not?Also, what happened with the Moran amendment vote from Tuesday?


  8. Golde, was your donation to help him get his film made? The film is made. If you like it, share it with others and say you were one of the producers or something. Host screenings. Send copies to people. Whatever. It’s a tool for education, and a pretty strong one.


    • SWH…this bothers me too. The guy is taking cash and NOT giving a finished complimentary product to his benefactors??????? So Hollywood.


      • It would be a more of a problem if he took money and the film never got made. Golde should be proud she helped get it made and that it is even airing on ANY channel. After all it’s not the kind of reality show Americans usually watch. Maybe if it were titled The Bachelor…Bands.


      • Titled “Drunk and Stupid in America”…maybe, but he is wrong to not thank his benefactors with a complimentary copy (they paid right?) of the work, much more a accounting reveal.

        He is not a non-profit, right?

        Appreciate his work, but I’m not stupid either…and we all know how the “tug at the heart’s strings” thing works with animals, children and environment causes.

        google Documentary Channel folks and see where you can get it (should be on Klienhart’s site too), plus see if you can stream on internet from DOC Channel.


      • Yes, I agree Golde should be given free copies of the dvd. It is bad form not to thank benefactors and donors. A bit tacky to say the least.


      • SWH, This film which was once named “Disappoinment Valley” was made over many years and screened as DV in DC in 2009!!! He kept on ‘making’ the film until last year when he changed the name and got into some film festivals. Golde has no DVDs to share to send to people as an aide tho’ she deserves a box of them to do so. When I donated it was part of the ‘package’ through Kickstarter, I believe, to receive a DVD. I have contacted him and an associate about this months ago.

        I would still like to see the film and get the DVD and share it with people. It is for the wild ones like Golde said.


    • “savewildhorses”..not only did I give a $5000 donation, I loaned James Kleinert many thousands of dollars, let him use my studio for his editing and living ….all for the purpose of exposing the BLM and what is happening to our wild horses. I was told I was an associate producer, when dollars were needed. I have asked for copies of the film to spread the word. James Kleinert has never even so much as acknowledged my emails for a couple of yrs now. I do not even have one copy of the film. I did this for the love of the wild ones, and feel I was taken advantage of. So I say again…when you donate $$…KNOW WHERE IT IS GOING TO BE USED. I WARN THOSE WHO ARE THINKING OF DONATING TO JAMES KLEINERT……


      • I do relate, Golde, and am sad this has happened to you. Unfortunately this has happened to many who do not fully know or realize as yet. And he is not the only one who has done this either. KArma is waiting. Money is gone and good faith destroyed by those whose goals do not include responsible transparency and respect for the very people who gave them their ability to work and function. What I have seen done to the advocacy, you and me and my friends, is horrendous. People do need to hear when any one of ‘us’ have strayed into self promotion and self aggrandizement. What I see happening is a crying shame. The person I helped for years is now slandering me because she fears the truth will out and it end her game and her lifestyle. How can we let the wild ones down in this way? You never know when you are hearing the truth unless you ask plenty of questions and challenge the lack of transparency. There is criminal activity among those who we have placed trust and much personal funds! It is called fraud. It is rampant in this campaign and one day the truth will be out! Please, all of you, be guarded and careful with your hard made money!


      • Dear Golde , your Heart was in the right place, i am sure you will receive Many Blessings and Much Respect, when you do for what cannot do for itself , theres a saying it will come back to you 2 fold !!!! In a more Beautiful way then you would have ever expected……..


  9. I believe if you dont get this channel, you can go on-line to their website (documentary channel) & get streaming video – per my son! Hopefully it will work & I can watch it.
    Does seem as tho it would get more publicity if it were on a more popular channel. How about Animal Planet or Discovery or even History channel – That would certainly be appropriate,right?


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