Please support: gofundme.com/mustangs-amp-renegades Mustangs & Renegades is the true account of filmmaker James Anaquad Kleinert as he reveals the roundup and removal of America’s Wild Horses - a direct consequence of the Federal Government selling off of Public Lands to the Extractive Industries.
As James investigates the Fracking and Uranium Mining deals that are devastating his beloved community, his First Amendment Rights are violated – and we discover that our own Constitutional, Civil and Environmental Rights are being systematically stripped away for the sake of Profit. This journey climaxes with James’ victory in Federal Court, setting precedent in Freedom of Information Act Law, and segues into a vision of a Green Regenerative Economy where the rights of all are protected. This is an epic and honest tale of activism, passion, perseverance and transformation that touches the heart of the American West.
The cinematography captures the majestic Western landscapes the wild horses call home, transporting the viewer into the heart and soul of what’s left of the last wild places in the American West.
Story Summary/Synopsis – Mustangs & Renegades:
This is the story America’s wild horses tell us about ourselves, globalization, and the ability of a storyteller to persevere, despite being targeted by the most powerful government in the world.
In Mustangs & Renegades, filmmaker James Anaquad Kleinert discovers a unique, undisturbed band of wild horses, living free in Disappointment Valley, their natural habitat in Southwestern Colorado.
Kleinert documents his relationship with the majestic herd, led by their iconic stallion, Traveler. This relationship is brutally interrupted by government helicopter roundups; Traveler is injured and separated from his family, the tribe of wild horses is devastated. The event is a turning point for Kleinert, who sets out to understand the reasons behind the brutal roundups by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that are pushing the herd to the edge of extinction.
As he fights to get Traveler free, Kleinert discovers that the extraction industries have been ignoring and perverting the law that protects the mustangs, jeopardizing the fate of both wild horses and public lands. The BLM is the agency that is supposedly protecting the wild horses, but the US government’s second-largest source of income is the leasing of Public Lands to extractive industries. Oil and gas fracturing, uranium and other “rare earth” mining, is immanent in Disappointment Valley. Through interviews with the Department of the Interior, politicians, scientists, attorneys, miners, cowboys, Indians, and innocent people telling of their lives destroyed, Mustangs & Renegades shares a revealing look into the modern day American West.
Kleinert is tagged as a potential eco-terrorist and put under surveillance by the government; he partners with one of the nation’s leading FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) attorneys to investigate the surveillance. The fear created by the surveillance and the stress of being labeled a terrorist – no habeas corpus, just long-term prison sentences – forces Kleinert to flee to safety in Norway, where he experiences an acceptance to his work he never received in the US – and finds love.
He is called back from Norway to Washington D.C., where he brings his case – Kleinert vs. BLM – to federal court and wins a major victory. Federal Judge Bates strongly admonishes the BLM for its improper FOIA withholdings; it is clearly revealed that the BLM was working to thwart Kleinert’s investigative documentary. Kleinert vs. BLM has set important precedent for future public records and legal proceedings with the BLM, helping citizens, western public land issues, and upholding the right of the public to full disclosure and Truth!
After almost two years away from the wild horses, Kleinert returns to discover Disappointment Valley is on the verge of extensive extraction. Under the deregulation policies of the Trump administration, the BLM is managing herd dynamics with the controversial birth control drug, PZP, which has significant consequences on social behavior and reproductive cycles of wild horses.
Kleinert doubles his efforts to educate the public on the plight of the wild horses, which so clearly mirror our own human quest for freedom. By protecting the rights of these majestic creatures, we are taking a giant leap forward in the protection of the wild spaces that support us, connect us, and that define the “land of the free, and the home of the brave”.
We currently have 4X30 minutes episodes cut in the series and hope to edit an additional four more episodes bringing the episodic series to a total of Eight. We easily have the content but are looking for additional support and potential partners to brings this powerful film series forward!
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James Anaquad Kleinert - Cinematographer/Director