What’s the project?
Roaming Wild is a documentary film that highlights the plight of wild horses in the American West through the eyes of several individuals with divergent points of view who are each searching for solutions to how to best manage these iconic animals.
I’ve ridden and worked around horses most of my life, but I was totally surprised by what I saw when a friend invited me to go to a wild horse roundup in Wyoming. It was both spectacularly beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I went in with a lot of preconceived ideas, but while there, I realized that the controversy of the roundups is hardly black and white, and tensions run really high on both sides of the fence, so I started researching.
In the 1970’s, US Congress received more letters about protecting wild horses than any other issue in history apart from the Vietnam War. Something about these wild creatures resonates with our sense of what it is to be American. Every person I have asked, from all walks of life, says that the horses represent freedom, independence- the founding values on which this country is built. So why, if they are so iconic, do tensions run so high on this issue? I believe that the story of these horses says a lot about how we choose to manage our increasingly limited public resources. Is it possible to protect these iconic creatures in a way that is ethical, humane, financially sound and environmentally viable?
What’s the plan?
My vision is for a character-driven, solution-oriented film that resonates with audiences through powerful storytelling, stunning imagery and concrete facts, but as a filmmaker, I know I can’t do this alone. I’m hoping that this campaign will build a community of people who can participate in the creative process for the shared interest of finding a balance between the preservation of wild horses and human interests. I’ve already begun by assembling a production team. Together we are conducting research, developing the story, and writing grants, but our community needs to grow! From the trailer you can see some of the stunning footage we’ve already shot. What we need now is crucial shooting time in the field to continue to follow the lives of key characters whose search for solutions will drive the story. With your participation we can build on the initial production and finish up the bulk of the filming.
Where’s the money going?
This $9750 will allow us to spend less time in this room filled with sticky notes and more time out in the field finishing the filming. We’re headed out West this week for a shoot, and we’ll be living on power bars, staying in motels, and shooting the footage to tell this story, but there is more filming to be done than what we can afford to do on this shoot.
Where is the money NOT going?
Into my pocket. All funds will go directly towards the production of the film. If the goal is reached- don't stop there! Any additional funds will be used for editing, post-production, graphics, music, creation of tapes, dvds, etc. This, like many documentaries and most work with horses, is a labor of love. I hope you will participate in bringing this story to a wider audience!
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