What would you do with 40,000 horses on a limited stretch of public lands? Would you let them roam free unchecked, round them up for removal, shoot them with birth control, or serve them for dinner? The new documentary Roaming Wild is asking the tough questions about how we manage our own precious resources: the wild horses of the American West, iconic symbols of freedom and independence.
Director Sylvia Johnson is paving the way for a new discussion through the Roaming Wild documentary and website. Roaming Wild presents a window into the lives of ordinary people undertaking extraordinary work to save our American icons and a Western way of life. With the help of a team made up entirely of women filmmakers, Johnson is trying to raise $18,000 through www.IndieGoGo.com/roamingwild–funds severely needed for post-production to finish the film.
In a disappearing way of life in the West, family ranchers who graze cattle on public lands 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.
New solutions require public will and open dialogue. Roaming Wild will illuminate a middle ground and galvanize audiences to participate in the decision-making process as an informed and aware community. Funds raised will go toward a finishing editor, graphics, color correction, sound design, and music. The filmmakers have until November 20 to reach their goal, and they need to reach new audiences to make it happen.
Visit www.IndieGoGo.com/roamingwild to make a contribution and share the campaign. For additional background information on the controversy and the status of America’s wild horses, visit www.roamingwildfilm.com.