Moving Cloud Productions & The Lensic Performing Arts Center
announce a special showing of the ground-breaking film
Wild Horses & Renegades Acclaimed documentary screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the Lensic.June 6, 2011 (Santa Fe, NM) … Viggo Mortensen, Daryl Hannah, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Raoul Trujillo. “Dances with Wolves” author Michael Blake, Pulitzer Prize-winning Native American author and scholar N. Scott Momaday, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. All have something deeply in common besides celebrity and talent – a passion for the plight of the American wild horse.
These noble animals, one of the last living symbols of the power and romance of the West, are currently under siege by brutal Bureau of Land Management roundups and general range mismanagement – a dire situation fueled by a growing corporate push to resume uranium mining and expand oil and gas production on currently protected land.
BLM’s own estimate puts the number of wild horses in holding pens at more than 40,000, at a taxpayer cost of $120,000 per day. A few are adopted, some die in the pens, and many are sold over the border into Mexico for slaughter for human consumption. Their only chance for survival, let alone increasing their numbers, lies in public awareness and action.
Santa Fe filmmaker James Anaquad-Kleinert has powerfully highlighted the animal’s plight in his documentary Wild Horses and Renegades (95 minutes, Moving Cloud Productions). The film has its Santa Fe premiere at 7 pm Wednesday, July 27, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco Street, in a fund- and awareness-raising screening toward further documentary distribution. Moving Cloud also has produced a six-minute call-to-action video that sets gorgeous footage of wild horses with U2’s hit song, Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses.
“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,” Nelson says in the film. “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 has to feed them. But the problem did not begin with the killer buyer. It began with the Bureau of Land Management.”
US Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), energy consultant Randy Udall, and former Bureau of Land Management Director Jim Baca are also interviewed in the film. Baca bleakly notes, “Our public lands are run by the oil, mining and livestock industries and it’s their way or the highway.” Hannah adds, “Wild Horses & Renegades explains why we are seeing massive wild horse and burro roundups and why these majestic, beautiful, iconic creatures are being threatened and facing possible slaughter.”
Beautiful, poignant, and compelling Wild Horses and Renegades screened at the International Wild Life Film Festival on May 12, in Missoula Montana, where it won Honorable Mention in Cinematography, Investigative Journalism, and Music Editing/Sound Track. It will be shown in Washington, DC in July to members of Congress, date and time TBA.
In addition to its screenings, the film is the subject of a major story in the May 2011 issue of Horseback magazine. Outside magazine will highlight the documentary, and its July 27 Santa Fe showing, in its July 2011 issue.
“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!” states Blake.
In addition to Wild Horses and Renegades, Kleinert has produced winter sports films and in-depth environmental films with a strong Native American element, including The Edge of Telluride and Spirit Riders, an award-winning documentary that showed in part on HBO.com (www.spiritridersmovie.com
). He is a former World Cup competitor in aerial freestyle skiing.
For an interview with the director or to request a review copy of Wild Horses & Renegades, email email@example.com. To view the U2 music video and other powerful clips, visit www.theamericanwildhorse.com
. Photos and other press materials are available on request.