Roaming Wild A modern day Western about controversy over America's wild horses and hope for a sustainable future. Thu, 01 Jun 2017 02:06:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Horses Give Back Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:50:23 +0000 We are excited to report that sanctuaries and their affiliate programs are using horses to bring huge impact to the lives of Americans in need. Witness the incredible bond humans and horses share in these three incredible videos that delve into the horses’ work with veterans, inmates, and young adults with autism.

Wild Horse Warriors Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:56:56 +0000 Here you’ll find stories that didn’t make it into the final film but are additional testament to the impact wild horses have on American lives.

At Lifesaver’s Wild Horse Warriors Journey, war veterans suffering from PTSD learn to gentle wild horses as a way of healing. More info:

Screen Shots: People and Places Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:06:50 +0000 These photos are a sneak preview of the Roaming Wild footage. Just a few snap shots of the the incredible people whose stories we are privileged to tell in Roaming Wild and the spectacular places where the film takes place.

]]> Autism and Mustangs: What’s the connection? Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:03:11 +0000 The National Ability Center is a unique facility that offers three different forms of equine assisted activities or therapy: Therapeutic riding, Hippotherapy, and Equine Facilitated Learning–including three mustangs who work primarily with young adults with autism. Meet one of these young adults in this video.

The NAC is a unique and compelling example of the incomparable bond between humans and horses that encourages America’s passion for wild horses. We believe these horses deserve national attention to encourage new management solutions. Help us make this film that will share the story!

Roaming Wild: Behind the Scenes Fri, 02 Nov 2012 19:23:36 +0000 A behind the scenes look at the making of Roaming Wild: This film is a DIY adventure made by a small but passionate team of young women filmmakers who really believe this story is worth telling, and are willing to chase the dream. Check out our Team page for bios on these dynamic ladies.

Did you know that in big screen films only 7% of directors and a measly 2% of cinematographers are women? The numbers are marginally better in indie films, but the “Celluloid Ceiling” still hangs low. We’re out to break that ceiling with women in all the lead roles for this film.

Who's watching who here?

Director Sylvia Johnson filming on a shoot in UT

Partners in crime

Director Sylvia Johnson and Assistant Producer Angelica Das brainstorming the script over milkshakes

Chalkboard production logistics

Sketching out our production logistics on the chalkboard

Assistant Producer Extraordinaire!

Angie trying to stay warm on a shoot in UT

Not in Kansas anymore

Friend Shannon Shaper came on board as Production Assistant on an adventurous shoot in CA

Getting down and dirty

Friend and photographer Dana Romanoff helps out as a Production Assistant on a shoot in NV

Laying out the paper edit in sticky notes

Kari joins the team as Assistant Editor


On the cutting room floor, crafting the film into its final form


Canon City Wild Horse & Inmate Program Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:20:28 +0000 They say that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of man. Our first short video is about the Wild Horse & Inmate Program, in Cañon City, Colorado, where horses and inmates learn from each other. Inmates learn how to gentle wild horses and in return saddle train mustangs in a 90-day program, after which the horses are made available for adoption.

This program is just one of the many solutions to the controversy that Roaming Wild hopes to bring to a wider audience. We hope that the film will inspire audiences to encourage more solutions that bring people and horses together. We need your help to make this happen.

Kelly Jay Photography: Onaqui Herd, Utah Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:19:43 +0000 These stunning photographs by Kelly Jay are of a herd of wild horses called the Onaqui–whose range includes land that runs just 40 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, adjacent to the Dugway Proving Ground. After getting off the highway at Dugway, you turn onto a dirt road that leads to the historic Pony Express route. Some of the Pony Express stops are still visible. The Onaqui have grown accustomed to frequent visitors living so close to the urban world. They are featured prominently in “Roaming Wild,” as their journey in the wild, through round ups, birth control administration, holding facilities and in some cases, return to the wild, is the story of the wild horses of the American West.

In August of 2011, the film’s director Sylvia Johnson and assistant producer Angelica Das were out filming with the Onaqui just outside of Dugway, and met Kelly Jay. Kelly is a local, and expresses her passion for the beauty of the wild horses through photography. The team is privileged to have her support for the making of the film and the use of her incredible still images. These are just a sample, see more of her work and purchase prints here:


Paint Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:09:31 +0000 Photo by Kelly Jay.