Unbranded: An Epic Ride Through the American West
Join Ben Masters, the “mastermind” behind Unbranded, for an in-depth look at the project behind the lm. A native Texan, accomplished photographer and experienced horse trainer, Masters will reflect on his experiences riding from Mexico to Canada through some of our nation’s most jaw-dropping – and unforgiving – landscapes to inspire adoptions of wild horses and burros.
Iconic as they are, America’s wild horses, or “mustangs,” pose tough conservation issues, and the Bureau of Land Management keeps thousands of them in holding pens due to the strain their overpopulation puts on ecosystems. Four recent college graduates, Masters among them, with a sideline in wrangling, put their belief in the potential of these mustangs to the test, setting off on an epic ride from Mexico to Canada through some of our nation’s most jaw-dropping – and unforgiving – landscapes. In the background of their journey, conservationists talk through the complexities of land use.
Directed by Phillip Baribeau. Produced by Dennis Aig, Cindy Meehl, and David Preston Reeves Jr.