SANTA FE, New Mexico—Eighty thousand wild horses. Limited public lands. Modern problems in the old West. Screening in the DOCUTAH Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 4, the new film “Roaming Wild” is a real life drama that paves the way to real solutions for managing wild horse populations in the American West.
“Roaming Wild” illustrates realistic ways we can manage precious resources while preserving the wild and a way of life in the American West, the film’s director and producer Sylvia Johnson said in a press release.
Johnson shares stories of people who question the sustainability of the status quo, yet remain determined to save our wild American icons and the land they live on.
“I have seen quite a few movies regarding the wild horse dilemma in the U.S., and ‘Roaming Wild’ is the best balanced production yet,” said Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, director of the Science and Conservation Center in Montana.
New horse management techniques seen in “Roaming Wild” will be put into action by the Bureau of Land Management for the first time in Utah, where they will use contraception to humanely control the population of the Onaqui wild horse herd featured in the film. Through compromise and innovative solutions like this, Johnson said in her press release said, the film ultimately reveals growing hope for a viable future in the West through shifts in national dialogue and a push for policy changes.
“Roaming Wild” will have its Utah premiere at the DOCUTAH Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7:55 p.m. Filmmaker Sylvia Johnson will be in attendance for the Q&A.
Event details and resources
- “Roaming Wild” premiere at DOCUTAH Film Festival
- Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7:55 p.m.
- DSU Eccles Fine Arts Building, Dixie State University, 155 South 700 East, St. George, Utah
- Roaming Wild Film website
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