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Unbranded

Win­ner of the Audi­ence Award at the 2015 Tel­luride Moun­tain­film Fes­ti­val and Toronto’s Hot­Docs festival

Unbrand­ed (direct­ed by Phil Baribeau) is an in-between-col­lege-and-real-life adven­ture that makes the case for bet­ter land and wild horse man­age­ment. After adopt­ing a group of wild mus­tangs from the Bureau of Land Man­age­ment, a small group of recent col­lege grads decide to live out their dream of being 19th cen­tu­ry fron­tiers­men while using a 21st cen­tu­ry cam­era to doc­u­ment their expe­ri­ences. They trav­el 3,000 miles from the Ari­zona-Mex­i­co bor­der up the spine of the for­mer Amer­i­can “wild west” to the Cana­di­an bor­der, pass­ing through vast stretch­es of pub­lic land in the back­coun­try. Woven into their adven­ture is the ongo­ing debate about how best to man­age wild hors­es on pub­lic lands, expos­ing the clash­es activists and ranch­ers have with the BLM over its prac­tice of cap­tur­ing wild hors­es and recruit­ing peo­ple to adopt them. The film­mak­ers have cre­at­ed a pow­er­ful film fol­low­ing the jour­ney of four men, 16 mus­tangs, and a chang­ing Amer­i­can West.

Released in 2015
Run­ning time: 105 minutes.

3:00 pm on Fri., Nov. 6th at SJCT’s Whit­ti­er Theater
8:20 pm on Sat., Nov. 7th at SJCT’s Whit­ti­er Theater