A Modern Day Western. Currently showing at film festivals world
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 Free Roaming Wild 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 corruption within the Department Of The Interior.
The film also explores the current impacts on western public lands
by oil, gas, mining and corporate cattle grazing.
The film interviews such experts as, Jim
Baca, former Director of the Bureau of Land Management under the
Clinton Administration, Congressmen Raul M. Grijalva (Chairman on
the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands), Randy Udall, energy
consultant, Michael Blake, (Writer of Dances With Wolves and Wild
Horse Advocate), environmental attorneys, Willie Nelson, Sheryl
Crow, Viggo Mortensen, Daryl Hannah 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 it
For Immediate Release
Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Viggo Mortensen, Daryl Hannah,
Governor Ricardson of New Mexico, Congressmen Grijalva Speak Out to
Save The American Wild Mustangs in New Documentar
Santa Fe, New Mexico (July 14, 2010)—With the American mustang
crisis in the news worldwide, award winning filmmaker, James
Anaquad-Kleinert brings his star-studded environmental film,Disappointment
Valley ... A Modern Day Western, featuring Sheryl Crow, Willie
Nelson, Viggo Mortensen, Daryl Hannah Governor Richardson,
Congressmen Grijalva, Pulitzer Prize winning American Indian Author
Scott Momaday and others. Segments of Disappointment Valley will be
showing on www.theamericanwildhorse.com to
help educate the American people and our law makers in Washington
D.C. The film is slatted for film festival release beginning in
September (to be announced).
"Disappointment Valley explains
the reasons why we are seeing massive wild horse & burro roundups
and why these majestic, beautiful, iconic creatures are being
threatened and facing possible slaughter," says Daryl Hannah.
Anaquad-Kleinert's documentary examines the Bureau of Land
Management's (BLM) controversial policies on public lands, while
investigating the elimination of America's wild horses and burros.
Recently 90 wild horses have died and more than 40 mares have
aborted their late term foals as a result of the Calico Roundup in
Nevada. The BLM calls the Calico roundup a success. Many more
roundups are scheduled for 2010. Since 2001, the BLM has removed
more than 90,000 wild horses off their federally protected land.
More than 24 million acres have been withdrawn from wild horse and
burro use despite the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act.
36,000 wild horses are currently in government holding facilities
instead of roaming on the land designated for their use. The BLM's
roundup and removal policy is leading to the extinction of wild
horses and burros in the West.
“I adopted a wild horse named Voodoo, who had been rounded up by the
Bureau of Land Management and adopted out to a killer buyer. The man
like many or most killer buyers, played a cruel game of acquiring
horses and betting that he could sell them to slaughter before he
has to feed them. But the problem did not begin with the killer
buyer. It began with the Bureau of Land Management,” said Willie
Shot in high definition, Disappointment
Valley, centers around dramatic footage of heart-wrenching wild
horse roundups and interviews with Jim Baca, (former Director of the
BLM), Michael Blake (writer of Dances
With Wolves), Sheryl Crow, Viggo Mortensen, Daryl Hannah,
Congressmen Raul M. Grijalva, Ginger Kathrens, American Indian
actor’s and advocates Raoul Trijullo, Tokala Clifford Black Elk,
Adam Waken Gonzolas, energy consultant Randy Udall, and scientific
experts, as well as animal rights and environmental activists. The
documentary examines the effects of gutting the historic 1971 Wild
Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act with the 2004 Burns
Amendment—removing protections for tens of thousands of wild horses,
many of whom have ended up in foreign slaughter plants.
"Killing wild horses, running brutal roundups and shipping them out
the back door to slaughter has been going on for years. I'm grateful
for people like Sheryl, Willie, Viggo, Dary, Congressmen Grijalva
and Governor Richardson for their support of my film," says James
Adaquad-Kleinert adding, "Disappointment Valley shows
how wild horses are problematic for the "New Energy Frontier" — the
public land grab going on right now. Since America's wild mustangs
cannot speak for themselves we're getting the word out." His short
film, Wild Horse
Spirit, was a pivotal part of the 2007 Emmy award-winning PBS
series Natural Hero's.
Now, in Disappointment
Valley, the filmmaker explores how the "New Energy Frontier"
public land grab is forcing the mustangs out. Big corporate oil/gas
and mining companies are overtaking the vast majority of public
lands in the American West. Disappointment Valley explores the
corruption within the Department of the Interiors Mineral Management
Service. Since the tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill the media and
public are beginning to realize how deep the corruption is within
the department of the Interior. As Jim Baca (former Director of the
Bureau of Land Management) states in Disappointment Valley “Our
Public Lands are run by the oil, mining and livestock industries and
it’s their way or the highway”.
Disappointment Valley documents
the struggle of the West's legendary wild horses. The film focuses
on the stallion named ‘Traveler’ and the activism to release him to
the wild after the roundup. Wild horses have long symbolized
freedom, individualism and the free spirit of America. The
documentary delves into the reasons behind the roundups and current
impacts on western public lands by oil, gas, mining and corporate
How would wild horses roaming free be in the way of corporate oil,
gas, water, solar, wind and mineral extraction? Before a big
corporation begins extraction on public land, leased out by the BLM,
an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is made. If wild horses are
in the area, advocates will want to protect the wild horse
environment. This would be problematic for the extractive industry
land grab. If wild horses remain on the range then the public will
want to visit the area. Energy and mineral industries don't want the
public to see any violations of safety and environmental codes,
especially when they want to green wash their industries.
Always ready to tackle challenges, James Anaquad Kleinert, the
former World Cup competitor in aerial freestyle skiing has been
hailed for both his high action winter sports films and his in-depth
environmental films with a strong Native American element.
James Anaquad-Kleinert works closely with and welcomes
completions fund donations to the Spirit Riders Foundation, a 501(c)
The Foundation produces multimedia state of the art audio-visual
programming to educate, entertain and create positive action among
people and cultures.
“Wild horses are living things who have a right to coexist in what
is a vast landscape, which is the American West," states Viggo
Mortensen in Adaquad-Kleinert's film adding, “Let’s do something
“If the public could view what’s being done to wild horses, the
public would stand up and take action,” states Michael Blake, author
of Dances with Wolves.
The press release is available in pdf format here.
The American people need to call:
The Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Director of the Bureau of Land Management Bob Abbey
Please phone President Obama and demand a moritorium
be placed on all round up and removals of America's Wild Horses and
Burros. (202) 456-1111 whitehouse.gov
James got his start in the film business are a member of the U.S.
Freestyle Ski Team performing in Ski films and commercials. James
went onto study
Film at the University of Utah and has since completed a number
of film projects these include:
Disappointment Valley. . . A Modern Day Western. Currently
showing at film
festivals world wide.
Produced/Directed/Filmed Willie Nelson Music Video “Wild Horses”
releasing fall 2010.
Produced/Directed/Filmed/Edited – The Edge Of Telluride –
Ski Mountaineering film premiered at the Telluride Mountain
Festival 2009. Airing on The Outside TV Network.
Produced/Directed/Filmed – Saving The American Wild Horse
aired on The Documentary Channel 2008-2010.
Produced/Directed/Filmed & Edited - Wild Horse Spirit for PBS
show “Natural Heroes” 2006 featuring Viggo Mortensen.
Winner of 2007 Emmy Award.
Produced/Directed /Filmed - Spirit Riders,
(Companion Documentary film to HBO’s feature film Bury My
Heart At Wounded Knee). Featuring Viggo Mortensen,
Peter Coyote, Lakota Nation Awarded Best Film of
the Year Windsong Film fest, Best Western
Documentary film Durango, Best documentary
film Jury award Zion Independent Film Fest, Award of
Distinction Indian Summer Film/Music awards. Palm Springs,
Santa Fe, Newport Beach & San Francisco American Indian Film Fest
films & Music Video’s.
Member of Screen Actors Guild, acting & stunt work on
commercial/TV series/Movies of the Week/Independent feature films.
Professional Freestyle Skier
Member of the United
States Freestyle Ski Team from 1984 to 1992. Competed on the
world cup freestyle ski tour
Elizabeth Slagsvol – Associate Producer Elizabeth has
produced/directed and acted in films and currently lives in
Santa Fe New Mexico.
As an actress, Elizabeth Slagsvol has been seen in
movies such as "No
Country for Old Men", released
in 2007, "Swing
Vote"(2008), and "The