photo by Stephen Lang

photo by Stephen Lang
photo by Stephen Lang

Wild Horse Film Showcase 2014.

The first annual Wild Horse Film Showcase will be held in Santa Fe on April 4th and 5th, 2014. On the evening of April 4th, we will show the film "El Caballo" at the Collected Works Bookstore on Water Street. We will also be holding a reception for the winners of our Fourth Annual Equine Photo Contest. The reception begins at 5 pm and the film will be shown at 6 pm. This event is FREE.

"El Caballo."

(limited seating)

Wild horses are now protected by federal law, but a debate rages about what the horse's role in the natural landscape should be. EL CABALLO documents one of the most complex wildlife management issues today. What should the human relationship with wildlife be, and what constitutes a native species? Where do modern wild horses fit in our view of the natural world?

On April 5th, we will be screening 4 films at the Palace of the Governors History Museum Auditorium on Washington Street (next to the Plaza.) The line up is as follows.  The event will begin at 10 am and go on until 7 pm. The movies will be shown close together so there will be little turnover time between films. Information about the wild horse issues covered will be available in the lobby outside the auditorium.

No food or drink (except bottled water) will be permitted in the auditorium, but there are many restaurants and bars in the plaza area... just outside the museum!

Tickets available at the Lensic box office (although the event is NOT at the Lensic, it is at the Palace of the Governors Museum auditorium). We recommend you buy tickets in advance as there are only 200 seats in the auditorium. It is $5 for one movie (on the 5th.)  Tickets also available at the Collected Works Event on Friday night.

"Wild Horses and Renegades."

(Show starts 10.30 am. PROMPT)

Wild Horses and Renegades examines the plight of America's wild horses and the rapidly deteriorating condition of our wild Public Lands. The film follows the majestic Band Stallion, Traveler and his family who dwell in Disappointment Valley, Colorado. When the Bureau of Land Management conducts a massive wild horse roundup, Traveler and his family are torn apart. They are sent to Wild Horse prison in a brutal removal of two-thirds of their wild horse herd. The film tracks wild horse advocates as they work to return Traveler to his homeland. They have to do this before he is shipped to BLM Long Term Holding where he may face Euthanasia or worse, being shipped to Mexico for brutal slaughter.

There is a short break between these two movies for lunch. No food or drink (except bottled water) is allowed in the auditorium, so please be sure to eat and drink elsewhere... we don't want anyone starving in the theatre!

"She had some horses."

(Show time 1.00 pm. PROMPT)

"She had some horses" is a lyrical documentary about the heart-felt connection between women and horses. The title is based a Joy Harjo poem by the same name (used with Ms. Harjo's permission). This 48-minute documentary follows Lynne Pomeranz, award-winning equine photographer, as she leads her Wild Horse Workshop participants among the wild horses in scenic locations around New Mexico; Jackie Fleming and Sandi Claypool are profiled as founders of horse sanctuaries; Shelly Gibbs, equine body-worker and animal communicator, tells about her journey to heal her horse, Copper; Rachel Waller and her eight-year old daughter, Cheyenne, join Lynne out on the public lands to see the wild horses before they disappear forever. "She had some horses" will remind you of the special bond that exists between humans and animals and inform you of the threats to the nation's wild horse. Special appearance by Madeleine Pickens, Saving America's Mustangs.

"Wild Horse Wild Ride."

(Show time 2.30 pm. PROMPT)

Each year, through the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge, 100 people across the country attempt to tame a wild mustang in 100 days. Following this dangerous and harrowing feat performed by everyday people from every walk of life, is a public showcase that determines whether these horses can be saved from a life in captivity. Complete with first-hand footage and interviews, Wild Horse Wild Ride provides an in-depth look at the incredible relationship that blossoms between man and animal.

"Running Wild."

(Show time 5.00 pm. PROMPT)

Dayton O. Hyde is one of the last great American cowboys a rugged adventurer with a spiritual connection to the frontier. Though heroic determination, he is single-handedly rescuing the wild mustang from government slaughter on his breathtaking 12,000-acre Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. An epic story of an epic life, Running Wild, showcases one great cowboy's quest to save the American West.

The Wild Horse Film Showcase is not a fund raising event although it is sponsored by the 501(c)(3) wild horse sanctuary, the Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve. It is also not a conference or film festival. We hope that the films we show (whether they be new or old) will help to illustrate various aspects of the wild horse issue in the United States. We want the films to "do the talking," and inspire and educate. The folks that make these films work very hard, for very little money, and we want to support their efforts to spread the word about the fate of America's wild ones. Santa Fe seems like the best location to show these films, the original wild horses of North America were Spanish horses who escaped and spread northward after the Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico in 1680. If there could be a 'ground zero' for the North American mustang, it would be Santa Fe, New Mexico!