Why a new documentary about wild horses?
The Roaming Wild vision is one of new solutions to old problems.
Wild horses are icons of the American West, symbols of freedom, opportunity, and our incredible wealth of natural resources. The truth is that our wild horses roam on public lands - lands managed and used by a variety of people, lands necessary for family ranchers, lands open to natural resource exploration, and lands with limited water sources. The truth is also that horses are rounded-up by the federal Bureau of Land Management, sometimes for administering birth control, sometimes for adoption, and sometimes these horses slide through the cracks and end up in slaughterhouses.
The truth is complicated.
Ranchers who make their living off the land, a disappearing way of life, are heartbroken to see horses dying of thirst in the wild. Activists are heartbroken to see horses chased by helicopters, separated from their bands, and sent to slaughter. A land management agency is charged with managing competing interests of people and wild animals. The indomitable wild horses are struggling to survive in a gritty and unforgiving landscape with ever-encroaching human neighbors.
Director Sylvia Johnson is paving the way for a new discussion through the the Roaming Wild documentary and website. Roaming Wild will give you a window into the lives of ordinary people undertaking extraordinary work to save our American icons and a Western way of life.
Roaming Wild is an opportunity to share in the beauty and resilience of these enduring animals and celebrate our entrepreneurial spirit. We hope you’ll join us!
What We Need & What You Get
Our fundraising goals is $18,000. Once the cost of running this campaign is taken out--fees for using this dynamic site, credit card processing, and the base costs for our awesome rewards, that leaves us with a little over $16,000.
Breaking it down:
$16,000 is a lot of money, but it doesn't get us all the way there, we want to be both ambitious and realistic! This money will go toward a combination of a finishing editor, graphics, color correction, sound design, and music. Anything we can raise over our goal will help us get all the way to the finish line and we have some awesome rewards for you to choose from.
All contributions are 100% tax deductible through our fiscal sponsor, From the Heart Productions.
Speaking of awesome rewards:
The Impact: Why we need to tell this story.
In the 1970s, Wild Horse Annie pioneered a campaign that inspired more letters to Congress than any issue outside the Vietnam War. As a result, wild horses could no longer be killed at random to manage populations, but were to be protected and managed by the Bureau of Land Managment.
Today, over 40,000 horses are sitting in holding facilities at a cost to taxpayers of roughly $40 million a year. Adoption rates are low thanks to a slow economy and largely urban population. Horses can be injured, stressed, and occasionally die in the process of round-ups. Contraceptive programs are only effective when administered at ideal times. Meanwhile, overpopulation impedes the ability to graze cattle and taxes very limited sources of water.
There are new solutions on the horizon, but they require public will and open dialogue. We hope that this film will illuminate a middle ground and galvinate audiences to participate in the decision-making process as an informed and aware community.
Our fearless leader is Sylvia Johnson, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, lifetime equestrian, and temporarily displaced Westerner. She is proud to be collaborating with a great team of innovative capable women, including editor Anne Goetz, assistant editor Kari Barber, asssitant producer Angelica Das, and research assistant Shelby Krick. LEARN MORE ABOUT US.
Where You Come In
We wouldn’t be where we are today without the crucial support of friends, family, and people who are passionate about horses. We’ve made it all the way to post-production and there’s just a few more steps left. Here’s what you can do:
Contribute: We have fun perks ready for the taking. Our shoestring budget is down to the last dime, and your contribution will make it possible to make it into festivals so that more people will see our film to learn about the issues.
Forward: TELL THREE PEOPLE!
Please send this campaign to three people you know - an aunt, a college buddy, a former professor, your best friend, ANYONE WHO LOVES HORSES. If everyone helps spread the word, our community will grow exponentially and help us reach our goal.