The plight of wild horses inspires documentary

American Mustang the Movie

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From: The Houston Chronicle
By: JoAnne Davidson

One of the Neubert brothers training a horse in "American Mustang"

One of the Neubert brothers training a horse in “American Mustang”

Ellie Phipps Price has been in love with horses since she was a child, although she didn’t own one until she was 30.

“I loved riding, but it was always on a horse that belonged to a family member or a friend,” the 52-year-old Californian said. “Or I’d lease one. I tease my mom that if she’d bought one for me when I was a kid, then maybe I wouldn’t have 220 of them today.”

The 220 – wild mustangs acquired from federal government auctions, the Nevada Department of Agriculture, Indian reservations and other sources – live on her 2,000-acre ranch near Willows, Calif.

“Dunstan, my first, is an amazing horse. I got him in 2009 when he was 2. He’s a real ham; he has more personality and charm … he just loves getting into the trailer to head out for an adventure.”

Price, who owns a vineyard in Sonoma County, is shining a light on the plight of the country’s wild horses and the debate over land-use rights in her first film, “American Mustang.”

The 70-minute movie shot in 3-D and narrated by actress Daryl Hannah isn’t a documentary filled with talking heads droning on about how these icons of the American West are in danger of extinction. Nor does it dwell on shock with slaughterhouse scenes.

What producer Phipps Price and her partners have turned out is a powerful, yet family-friendly, docu-narrative that tells the story through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl played by indie-film veteran Julia Putnam.

Putnam’s character introduces viewers to the mustangs’ saga as she watches real-life cowboys/brothers Jim Neubert and Luke Neubert start to gentle a wild horse and she comes to appreciate what its life would have been had it been left on the range.

Cattle ranchers and Bureau of Land Management officials have their say, too.

Long commitment

Although born in California, Phipps Price and her family spent much of her childhood living with her grandparents on a Colorado cattle ranch. Phipps Price went on to study English literature and film at the University of California at Berkeley.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • I wish I lived in Texas , I wished i lived in Texas !!!!!!! I would to see this Film !!!!!!

    March 6, 2014
  • Callie83

    This is a wonderful project and it will definitely get a lot of attention from advocates who in turn will educate other Americans. Well done!

    March 6, 2014