Director James Anaquad Kleinert started filming hard hitting and informative films on the plight of America’s Wild Horses in 2003, producing several award winning films. Fourteen years later, we are in the final stages of production of his most powerful film yet: Disappointment Valley: A Modern Day Western! This film brings his previous works into a sharp and powerful focus documenting the plight of Wild Horses, public lands and the current conflicts that will affect America’s future generations. We are in the final cut stages, and anticipate completion in July 2017. The film will premiere at selected film festivals in the fall of 2017. Supporters can view it at sneak preview sessions this summer.
We are extremely close, but we need your help! It is vital to complete this film immediately. The public needs to know what is happening, as recent legislation proposed by the Trump administration and passed by the Senate adds a provision that makes it easier for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to “adopt out or transfer” wild horses & burros. In reality, it will allow transferred wild horses & Burros to be euthanized! If Congress approves this request, the mass killing of 46,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities and another 46,000 (what BLM considers excess) animals on the range would proceed within the next few months.
We need to act quickly!
Our social media component of the film project will immediately take action; we will be releasing PSA type videos on several social media platforms encouraging the public to speak out. This will be an intensive campaign to defeat this brutal budget proposal now before Congress. Please join us in raising the funds to complete this film and raise awareness before these animals are destroyed.
Public outcry and awareness has made a difference in the past, and can make a difference again - if people know what is happening. Please consider contributing now to help finish this film and social media campaign!
Read more below to learn how your contribution can make a difference...
“This is not just a film about wild horses; it is a film about what is happening to our planet at the hands of corporate interests." -Michael Blake, author of Dances with Wolves
More about the project: Disappointment Valley: A Modern Day Western is a documentary film uncovering the controversial issues surrounding wild horse roundups and environmental management by the Bureau of Land Management in rural SW Colorado. Disappointment Valley is a magnificent location, nestled between the lofty San Juan mountains of Colorado and the La Sal mountains of Utah. In this film, the Disappointment Valley Wild Horse herd, led by the iconic stallion Traveler, makes it way amidst red rock canyons, pinion pine forests and ancient Anasazi dwellings and petroglyphs. Traveler and his band of mares and young stallions have their world violently interrupted by a traumatic BLM helicopter roundup. This film follows the story of Travelers the Band Stallion; in the process revealing a complex and corruption fraught system involving land managers and those wishing to exploit these public lands for oil, gas and mining resources.
While working to capture this story, the director James Anaquad Kleinert is confronted by multinational corporations whose extraction deals with the Department of Interior are ripe for corruption. Kleinert, determined to tell the story and honor his relationship to a tribe of wild horses, ends up filing a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, demanding release of documents regarding a government investigation of his filming work. This lawsuit slowly works its way to Federal Court in Washington D.C. Ultimately, the judge sides with Kleinert, setting legal precedent for future wild horses, western public land issues, and the right of the public to full disclosure and Truth!
Celebrities speaking on behalf of America's Wild Horses, directed by James Anaquad Kleinert.
With support of former policy makers, land management and legal experts, wild horse and environmental advocates, Kleinert has put together a powerful and compelling story that must be heard!
Kleinert has teamed up with Vanity Fair writer Kurt Brungardt to create a letter writing project titled Letter For My Future to inspire kids to be active participants in the democratic process. We're now ready to launch this program with a Dallas TX school. The focus is on civil discourse, empathetic and deep listening, and thoughtful, fact-based writing.
Kleinert's previous works have received wide acclaim and criticism for bringing attention to the plight of America's Wild Horses. Wild Horse Spirit was featured on the Emmy award winning PBS series Natural Heroes. Wild Horses & Renegades received international acclaim for investigative journalism, cinematography and was one of the top watched films on the Documentary Channel in 2012. This was a strong start to educating the public, the the effort must go wider and greater!
Sheryl Crow and Viggo Mortensen speak out for America's Wild Horses!
In May 2017, Congress called for accelerated roundups and removal of the last remaining wild horses on public lands and the legal selling of of wild horses and burros in holding facilities to second parties (most likely kill buyers). Our motivation is high to finish this film immediately, get it into film festivals and start our social media campaign. We must alert the American people to the threats facing our public lands and the wild horses that call them home.
Please stand with us in this urgent campaign to save the last remaining Wild Horses and Burros on our majestic public lands!
Visions of Wild Horses, Limited edition fine art print award.
Last of the Wild Ones, Limited edition fine art print award (signed)
Selected Images available in the Fine Art Consulting portfolio
James has been one of the few Beat Reporters in the American West Covering and reporting the Truth on what is unfolding. Please read this article from The Week.
Risks and challenges
Disappointment Valley: A Modern Day Western is nearly finished. This campaign will secure the funds needed for the final cut editing, image licensing, music licensing and social media outreach. Congress just called for accelerated roundups and removal of the last remaining wild horses on public lands. The film will release at selected film festivals this fall. Simultaneously the film will move into international multi media distribution platforms. The biggest risk is falling short of the essential funds needed to complete this film. The public needs to understand what is happening; this film is crucial to show the current plight of Wild Horses, Environmental and Constitutional rights issues. Without this film there lies the risk that the public will lack the knowledge and motivation to express an informed opinion. Our democratic society relies on informed and active participants, who have a dedication to helping to preserve human, animal and environmental rights. Please support us and the important issues presented. We are so close to completion . . .Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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