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Wild Horses & Renegades (In High Definition):
In his international award-winning documentary film Spirit Riders, director James Anaquad Kleinert followed an American Indian Peace Movement begun by the Lakota Nation as they made their historical horse back ride to Wounded Knee. (www.spiritridersmovie.com). Spirit Riders shows how American Indians have reclaimed their sacred way of life thru re-connecting with the horse.
In James Anaquad Kleinert’s latest documentary,Wild Horses & Renegades, a call-to-action short film hosted by Viggo Mortensen, Sheryl Crow, and Peter Coyote, the filmmaker examines the politics behind the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) controversial policies on public lands and questions the fate of America’s wild horses and burros, whose very existence is in jeopardy.
James Anaquad Kleinert continues his work in a feature-length documentary film,Wild Horses & Renegades. This film examines the plight of America’s wild horses and the rapidly deteriorating condition of our wild and beautiful Public Lands in the majestic haunting American West.
Through interviews with scientific experts, ranchers, historians, wild horse owners, animal rights activists, environmentalists, movie stars, uranium prospectors, and many other colorful characters, the filmmaker examines the origins and effects of the recent “Burns Bill” which gutted the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 and cleared the way for the slaughter and removal of wild horses in America. Greed and corruption take center stage, exposing how the United States failed energy policy and the current rape and pillage of Western Public Lands by oil, gas, mining and corporate cattle grazing is leading to the extinction of America’s Wild Horses and Burro’s.
The film interviews such experts as Jim Baca former Director of the Bureau of Land Management under the Clinton Administration. Randy Udall energy consultant, Michael Blake (Writer of Dances With Wolves and Wild Horse Advocate), the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management, Environmental Attorneys, Sheryl Crow, Viggo Mortensen and more. The film documents the struggle of an animal that has long symbolized freedom, individualism and unbridled passion in America. Documenting Wild Horses in their authentic, beautiful pure essence (filmed in HD) Disappointment Valley is a profound film that will awaken and touch all who view.
The majestic Band Stallion known as Traveler (named after Robert E. Lee’s Stallion) and his family located in beautiful Disappointment Valley Colorado. Traveler and his snow white mare known as Alfa live and thrive with their family until the Bureau of Land Management conducts a massive wild horse round up taking two thirds of the wild horse herd away, destroying the wild band’s family dynamic and genetic viability in this brutal round up and removal. Traveler is sent to Wild Horse prison, as is most of his family. We follow wild horse advocates as they work to get Traveler returned to his homeland before his is shipped to BLM Long Term Holding where he may face Euthanasia or worse being shipped to Mexico for brutal slaughter.
The untamed natural beauty of the last few remaining wild horses is a strong sign of hope for many people. Real life heroes take peaceful action to save this noble symbol of American freedom and raw beauty. Go behind the scenes as these heroes vigilantly work to get wild horses returned to their homelands and stop the cycle of abuse that continues to haunt America and the world. The wild horses plight is our own!
Wild Horses & Renegades is a film that is impressionable, haunting and makes people jump out of their sets to take action for positive change.
Saving the American Wild Horse:
Saving the American WIld Horse, a poignant documentary hosted by Viggo Mortensen, Sheryl Crow, Peter Coyote, and directed by Emmy Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker, James Anaquad Kleinert, examines the politics behind the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) controversial policies regarding wild horses on public lands and questions the fate of America’s Wild Horses and Burros, whose very existence is in jeopardy.
Saving the American Wild Horse documents the struggle of an animal that has long symbolized freedom, individualism and unbridled passion; all traits that exemplify what humans strive for in their finest hours. Through interviews with scientific experts, ranchers, historians, wild horse owners, animal rights activists, environmentalists and others the filmmaker examines the origins and effects of the recent “Burns Bill” which gutted the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 and cleared the way for the slaughter and removal of a vast majority of the wild horse herds.
This critical documentary film explores BLM’s past management history within the Wild Horse and Burro Program. The film exposes the current massive Western land grab by oil, gas and mining corporations exploiting over 30 million acres of natural Western lands in the areas of New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and others.
The current excessive land exploitation is affecting all wild life species including the American Wild Horse. To the extent that there are now more wild horses housed in BLM holding facilities than remain on the open range.
Travel with Emmy award-winning Documentary Filmmaker, James Anaquad Kleinert, as he joins with wild horse advocates to peacefully work in remote landscapes to help preserve these creatures existence. Experience his journey with the film to Capitol Hill in Washington DC as he screens before members of the US Congress and Senate. Support the right to know who benefits and who pays the price for the number of bills currently under consideration, including pending legislation that would permanently block the Burns Bill, H.R. 249 which is currently in the Senate Committee of Energy and Natural Resources. In addition, H.R. 503 and S.311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act needs to be passed as well. Please visit http://www.senate.gov/ and let your Senator know to vote in favor of these bills.
Saving the American Wild Horse tells the dramatic story of the horse as it disappears from the North American continent ten thousand years ago, only to be reintroduced by Europeans in the 1500’s. The film captures for it’s viewers the role the horse has played in both Native American and Euro-American culture over the last four hundred years. Nothing will strike the audience’s hearts as clearly as the profound relationship humans and horses share in the shaping of the United States. This relationship is unique to the attributes of the wild horse, and is worth preserving for many generations to come.
Join us, as we explore the plight of wild horse herds in Saving the American Wild Horse. Their struggle to live peacefully, and thrive in many ways mirrors our own. It is not only a fight for survival, but a fight for “freedom of spirit” that should be honored and respected in all living things.
Saving the American Wild Horse provides stunning footage of horses in the wild filmed by director James Kleinert. An original score features music by Rick Allen (drummer of Def Leppard), Lauren Monroe singer songwriter, Craig Sutter, Keith Secola, Robert Mirabel, and Preston Pope.
Saving the American Wild Horse at imdb.com – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469993/
About Moving Cloud Productions
Moving Cloud Productions is a multi-media organization that produces state of the art visual/audio programming. Founded in 2002 by producer, director, cinematographer and Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker James Anaquad Kleinert, the programming intent is to empower the human spirit, mind and body in a harmonious nature.
About James Anaquad Kleinert
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“My interest in documenting American’s wild horses began while working on my film ‘Spirit Riders’ about the birth of an American Indian peace movement, as well as learning about the removal of these beautiful wild animals while living in Wyoming,” says James Anaquad Kleinert. “I’m excited for the opportunity to share my five year journey on Documentary Channel, and I hope this film will not only educate viewers about the disturbing, massive removal of our horses but to inspire change to the future of these precious animals.”
James Anaquad Kleinert was not your normal, everyday kid. When other kids were throwing snowballs and sledding, he was experimenting with aerial ski jumping in his back yard in rural Wisconsin. No one in his family could quite understand his drive and intent to train for this “dangerous sport” except for his grandfather, who was of Seneca American Indian heritage and understood the trials and tests of young boys. From this simple start, James became a World Cup competitor in freestyle aerials, and a top action, environmental and Native American filmmaker.
James Anaquad Kleinert the Filmmaker:
Today, James Anaquad Kleinert continues to release film projects dealing with Native American, environmental and action sport themes from his company, Moving Cloud Productions. His works include:
Wild Horse Spirit, is airing on the National PBS show Natural Hero’s and recently won an Emmy. Featuring actor Viggo Mortenson (Lord of the Rings, Hidalgo) the film educates and moves audiences to take immediate action to save America’s wild horses. (7 minutes)
Spirit Riders: Riding To Mend the Sacred Hoop, an award-winning documentary that James Anaquad Kleinert worked on over a period of ten years. Currently showing a 15-minute clip on HBO.com, Spirit Riders is the companion documentary film to Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. Capturing the ruggedness, beauty and raw emotions of the spirit rides of the Lakota Indians as they ride in the four directions on horseback, James Anaquad Kleinert shares their quest to raise consciousness and spread a message of peace and unity throughout all nations on Mother Earth. The film features actor Viggo Mortenson Lord of the Rings, Hidalgo), narration by Peter Coyote and Floyd Red Crow Westerman, with a soundtrack featuring the works of Native American Grammy-winner Bill Miller, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and singer/songwriter Lauren Monroe, Keith Secola, Robert Meribal, Stumpa, Peter Buffet, and Medicine Dream.
Athletes Profiles, created from the athletes’ perspective, this film shares the athleticism and stories of top skiing, snowboarding and disabled Olympians as they compete and talk about their sport and lives. (60 minutes)
The Michael Larson Story, tells the tragic and inspiring story of former US Freestyle Ski Team member Mike Larson, whose journey from a glamorous World Cup lifestyle lead to a life of serious drug addiction and crime (armed robbery), culminating in seven years in prison and complete rehabilitation. The film has been shot currently seeking funding to finish, have a 5-minute trailer available.
Avalanche Ski Patrol, filmed on the edge of danger, reveals the mindset and actions of the Women and Men ski patrollers at Snowbird whose harrowing job is to unleash the raw power of avalanches for the safety of the ski area’s snowboarders and skiers.
Passage to Tahiti, shares the voyage of young extreme skiers from Jackson Hole, Wyo. who are given the opportunity to sail a yacht from San Francisco to the mystical island of Tahiti, where they experience native cultures and local rites of passage.
Currently in Production:
Horse Medicine: A documentary film exploring the profound human horse relationship. Filmed on dramatic locations throughout the American West, this film is a stunning visual masterpiece.
The Edge Of Telluride – Carve/Life in the No Fall Zone:
To purchase James Anaquad Kleinert’s The Edge Of Telluride film please visit www.movingcloud.com
Carve. . . Capturing Unique Big Mountain Skiing with a focus on education and consciousness. Carve documents historic ski mountaineering descents accomplished during the record-breaking season of 2008 in spectacular Telluride Colorado. Conditions this year allowed for multiple descents of the ominous West Face of Little Wasatch Peak. This face which can be seen from downtown Telluride, has rarely been skied and requires the full compliment of mountaineering skills. When local climber and skier Joshua Geetter broke open the face for the purpose of completing a descent of “The Grandfather Couloir” which had swept his partner 800 feet in a 2003 epic, James Anaquad Kleinert had the camera rolling.
Featuring top local mountaineers, extreme skiers and snowboarders with a focus on the heart and soul of ski mountaineering, Carve delivers aesthetic action driven footage combined with illuminating interviews and background story
James Anaquad Kleinert the Skier:
James Anaquad Kleinert built his first real ski jumps at Tyrol Basin, Wis. Tyrol would let James and his friends build aerial jumps, and they would perform shows for local crowds. At age 15, he joined Tyrol’s ski school and taught skiing.
As James learned to master the icy, frigid slopes of Wisconsin, he knew in his heart that he was destined to train and pursue his dreams of World Cup freestyle skiing. At the age of 18, he packed his bags and headed to the Rockies. There, he found Park Smalley and the Great Western Freestyle Skiing Team in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
In 1984, James qualified for the US Ski Team as an Aerial Acrobatic Specialist. These were exciting times. Freestyle skiing was slowly becoming an Olympic sport, and James would travel to Europe and perform in aerial ski shows while competing in World Cup events.
James consistently finished in the top ten in World Cup competition, performing triple twisting back flips from 1984-1992. His grasp of Olympic gold slipped away after he suffered two complete joint reconstructions. However, in celebration of his skiing life, James filmed and produced Living It, and won the Best New Filmmaker of the Year at the 1994 International Ski Film Festival.
As manager of the US Aerial Training Center at Bear Hollow, Park City, Utah for a year, James produced competitions, acrobatic thrill shows and the live show The History of Freestyle Skiing. He coached for Snowbird, Deer Valley and the National Sports Foundation Freestyle Skiing Programs, and devoted many hours to teaching and training kids and young adults in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.
After studying film and theater at the University of Utah, James combined it with his acrobatic skills, working as an actor and stuntman in national TV shows and feature films. He became a member of the Screen Actors Guild and moved to Los Angeles in 1995. While performing a stunt on location in 1996, he suffered a major injury and found himself back home in Wisconsin undergoing multiple surgeries and many months of rehabilitation.
During his recovery, James rediscovered his American Indian heritage, and began attending traditional American Indian ceremonies where he experienced healing and spiritual insight. Touched deeply and inspired by the few remaining Traditionalists, James began documenting contemporary American Indian life.
“We’re pleased with the opportunity to bring James’ compelling work on the state of our diminishing wild horse population to a prime time television audience for the first time,” says Tom Neff, founder and CEO, Documentary Channel. “With the help of several talented entertainment stars, James Anaquad Kleinert’s film is a remarkable effort to bring this issue to the forefront of the American consciousness, and we believe our viewers will be astounded by his dramatic footage.”