There are two things that I hope people take away from the film. The first is a sense of hope that more sustainable alternatives really are possible. The second is an understanding of the complexity of different view points on this issue- that are each valid in their own right- and the idea that solutions can be found by bringing people together on common ground. Ultimately it is more about much more than horses, each one of the people in this film is fighting for a Western way of life that is quickly disappearing in our modern world.

How do you feel having your film be accepted into the distinguished Santa Barbara International Film Festival?

I am incredibly excited and honored! I can’t think of a better place for the film to premiere than at Santa Barbara. It was very important to me that the film premiere in the West where the issue takes place, and what a great festival to do it at.

This area is prime horse country and close enough that several of the people featured in the film are going to be able to come to the screening. We’re really looking forward to sharing the film with audiences and having this be the launching pad for the film to have a real impact in helping to find more sustainable solutions for wild horses.

Roaming Wild will premiere at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Friday, January 31 at 7 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and on Saturday, February 1 at 2 p.m. at the Metro 4 Theater.

For ticket information, schedules, and more visit www.sbiff.org