Wild Horses & Renegades confronts the debacle of wild horse management on American federal lands and the underlying role of corporate interests in what is a national embarrassment. The film opens with stunning and close-up footage of wild horses running, playing, fighting and enjoying their lives on the public lands of the American West. Celebrities Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Viggo Mortensen, Daryl Hannah, Raoul Trujillo, Michael Blake (Author of Dances With Wolves) and Pulitzer Prize winning American Indian author Scott Momaday deliver profound statements about the American wild horse and its spiritual connection to people and the Earth.
The film follows a herd of wild horses living in Disappointment Valley, Colorado, where the threat of oil/gas fracturing and uranium mining is immanent. The film zeros in on a band stallion known as Traveler. In footage filmed prior to the BLM roundup in Disappointment Valley, it creates an aesthetic and serene portrait of Traveler’s band living in a beautiful and wild natural setting. This beautiful setting is interrupted by the violence and trauma of a helicopter roundup that is to come. Traveler was captured and sent to short-term holding in Canon City, Colorado a maximum-security federal prison.
Through interviews with experts, BLM officials, politicians, celebrities, activists and environmentalists, and through revealing close-up footage of roundups, holding facilities, and slaughter plants, “Wild Horses & Renegades” shares the profound story and history of America’s wild horses on public lands.
***Note Wild Horses & Renegades was voted by Canadian based movie review company Blog Critics as one of the Top Ten Overlooked Gems of 2011 (blogcritics.org). International Wild Life Film Festival Awards of Excellence in: Investigative Journalism, Cinematography and Music/Sound Editing. ITN Film Festival, New York, NY, Winner of Audience Award & Best Feature Documentary.
Wild Horses & Renegades has an amazing sound track featuring U2, Robert Mirabal, Lauren Monroe, Rick Allen, Craig Sutter, Preston Pope, Jennifer Grace, and more.