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A crippled racehorse rescues himself (and his owner) with a paintbrush.
A crippled racehorse rescues himself (and his owner) with a paintbrush.
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We are thrilled to have met our goal of $23K! THANK YOU to all who have supported the project so far. Given our campaign doesn't end until August 25th, we are pushing full steam ahead in an attempt to raise more funds.

The additional donations will give us an extra day of filming with Ron & Metro - covering the cost of equipment rental, crew and meals. The more footage the better in documentary filmmaking! Once we're done filming, the additional funding will also allow us to bring on a very talented editor... a key member to helping make the best doc possible.

Make sure to check out the new Stretch Reward we added below!

And thank you again for the support!

A racehorse on the brink of euthanization and a Gulf War vet stuck in isolation rescue each other through … painting? No, this isn’t a Hollywood manufactured story; it’s the incredible true story of Metro Meteor and his owner, Ron Krajewski.

Metro, a champion racehorse with a quirky personality, had his career cut short due to debilitating knee injuries. As is the case with many racehorses, he was most likely headed for the slaughterhouse when Ron—a self-proclaimed loner with no previous horse-owning experience—decided to adopt him off the track. These two cantankerous souls who couldn’t seem to connect with others, developed a deep bond. However, Metro’s knees worsened, the decision looming as to whether or not to put Metro down before the pain became unbearable. Heart-broken, Ron vowed to figure out a way for Metro to at least be able to enjoy his limited time left. That’s when it hit him. Maybe, just maybe, he could teach Metro to paint! As odd as it sounds, Ron is a self-taught painter and he had a sneaking suspicion Metro was cut from the same cloth. Not only did Metro learn to paint, his paintings sell around the world! And here’s the kicker: with the money from the horse’s paintings, they were able to afford an expensive, experimental, non-FDA approved treatment that ultimately healed Metro’s damaged knees and saved his life.

We want to honestly and artistically explore the difficult, yet ultimately rewarding journey Ron and Metro traveled from the track to the canvas.  

We will spend time with them, get to know them, and capture their unique and dynamic bond. We’ll dig deeper to find out what inspired Ron to adopt Metro in the first place given his inexperience with horses and Metro’s well-documented aggressiveness. We’ll explore how Metro has changed Ron from being a near agoraphobic to someone who has emerged from his shell to make great friends in the horse community.

There is something beautiful and visceral in watching horses—whether they are racing the track, galloping around the pasture, playing with other horses, or even putting paint on a canvas. We are fortunate to have Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Luke Geissbühler (Buck) on board to shoot our film.

Another important piece to this story involves Ron and Metro's determination to help other retired racehorses attain the kind of post-racing life Metro has been fortunate enough to experience. Last year, over 166,000 retired American horses were sent to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. In order to help bring that number down, Ron and Metro give half of their proceeds to racehorse adoption programs. This short documentary will bring more attention to the plight of the many racehorses in need of a new home and a new purpose.

We’d like to give a shout out here to a handful of organizations helping spread the word for our Kickstarter campaign. Please visit their websites at: 

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program - http://www.horseadoption.com 

Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue - http://www.gentlegiantsdrafthorserescue.com 

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement - http://www.oldfriendsequine.org

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation - http://www.trfinc.org

The Arizona Equine Rescue Organization - www.azequinerescue.org

Noble Hill Rescue - http://www.noblehillrescue.org/

Harmony and Hope Horse Haven - www.harmonyandhopehorsehaven.org

Second Start Thoroughbreds - http://secondstartthoroughbreds.org

This wouldn’t be a Kickstarter campaign if there weren’t REWARDS! And thanks to Ron and Metro's generosity, we have amazing rewards for YOU:

 

 

NOTE: Kickstarter doesn't allow you to select more than one reward. However, if you've already donated and want to get the Ropin' Renoir Metro art card or Mustang Matisse print, go ahead and add $29 ($28 donation + $1 shipping) or $83 ($80 donation + $3 shipping) onto your current donation and we'll make sure you get both rewards! (just send us a message letting us know)

 

To bring Metro’s story to the screen we need to raise a budget of $23,000. With your help, we believe we can make this happen.

 

 

 

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Risks and challenges

This documentary, as with most, takes place in the real world where the unexpected can happen at any time. We have a focused plan and we know the story we want to tell, but we also know that life doesn't always operate as planned. With the unexpected comes a challenge, but as documentarians we also recognize that the unexpected can bring exciting opportunities.

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    Autographed print of a self portrait by Ron & Metro. "Hand" signed by Metro. 8x10” printed on 100% cotton watercolor paper.

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    Metro may not have written this book (Ron did) but they both will both autograph it for you! + digital screener

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    A Metro-worn painted halter! Metro will also send you a photo of him wearing it + digital screener
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    Meet Metro in his artist studio/stable and watch him paint! *

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    Executive Producer credit + meet Metro and watch him paint!*

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