In his international award-winning documentary film Spirit Riders, director James Kleinert followed an American Indian Peace Movement begun by the Lakota Nation as they made their historical horse back ride to Wounded Knee. (spiritridersmovie.com). Spirit Riders shows how American Indians have reclaimed their sacred way of life thru re-connecting with the horse.
In Kleinert's latest documentary, "Saving the American Wild Horse," a call-to-action short film hosted by Viggo Mortensen, Sheryl Crow, and Peter Coyote, the filmmaker examines the politics behind the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) controversial policies on public lands and questions the fate of America's wild horses and burros, whose very existence is in jeopardy (theamericanwildhorse.com).
Kleinert continues his work in a feature-length documentary film "Disappointment Valley. . . A Modern Day Western”. This film examines the plight of America's wild horses and the rapidly deteriorating condition of our wild and beautiful Public Lands in the majestic haunting American West.
Through interviews with scientific experts, ranchers, historians, wild horse owners, animal rights activists, environmentalists, movie stars, uranium prospectors, and many other colorful characters, the filmmaker examines the origins and effects of the recent "Burns Bill" which gutted the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 and cleared the way for the slaughter and removal of wild horses
in America. Greed and corruption take center stage, exposing how the United States failed energy policy and the current rape and pillage of Western Public Lands by oil, gas, mining and corporate cattle grazing is leading to the extinction of America’s Wild Horses and Burro’s.
The film interviews such experts as Jim Baca former Director of the Bureau of Land Management under the Clinton Administration. Randy Udall energy consultant, Michael Blake (Writer of Dances With Wolves and Wild Horse Advocate), the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management, Environmental Attorneys, Sheryl Crow, Viggo Mortensen and more. The film documents the struggle of an animal that has long symbolized freedom, individualism and unbridled passion in America. Documenting Wild Horses in their authentic, beautiful pure essence (filmed in HD) Disappointment Valley is a profound film that will awaken and touch all who view.
The majestic Band Stallion known as Traveler (named after Robert E. Lee’s Stallion) and his family located in beautiful Disappointment Valley Colorado. Traveler and his snow white mare known as Alfa live and thrive with their family until the Bureau of Land Management conducts a massive wild horse round up taking two thirds of the wild horse herd away, destroying the wild band’s family dynamic and genetic viability in this brutal round up and removal. Traveler is sent to Wild Horse prison, as is most of his family. We follow wild horse advocates as they work to get Traveler returned to his homeland before his is shipped to BLM Long Term Holding where he may face Euthanasia or worse being shipped to Mexico for brutal slaughter.
The untamed natural beauty of the last few remaining wild horses is a strong sign of hope for many people. Real life heroes take peaceful action to save this noble symbol of American freedom and raw beauty. Go behind the scenes as these heroes vigilantly work to get wild horses returned to their homelands and stop the cycle of abuse that continues to haunt America and the world. The wild horses plight is our own!
Disappointment Valley. . . A Modern Day Western is a film that is impressionable, haunting and makes people jump out of their seats to take action for positive change. We will be presenting solutions for America’s Wild Horses and Burro’s and the preservation of our public lands.
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