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Synopsis: Ecologist Charles Post travels across Nevada to explore how overpopulated wild horses effect native wildlife. A Wildlife Society film by Charles Post, Phillip Baribeau, and Ben Masters.

Wild horses are caught between an incredibly polarized and emotionally charged debate aiming to write their future in the American West. While some wild horse activists largely want their numbers unbridled, others see wild horses as a resource that needs to be managed. The means by which management may be accomplished are hotly contested. The result of this debate is a legal stalemate causing wild horse numbers to continue rising well beyond unsustainable levels, causing irreversible damage to public lands, range ecosystems, wildlife and horses competing in a hard and increasingly degraded landscape. Horse Rich and Dirt Poor follows ecologist Charles Post as he explores America’s pressing wild horse issue and the affects it has on the surrounding ecosystem.

Genre

Mustangs

Rated

N/R

Language

English

Run Time

16 minutes

Directed by

Ben Masters
Charles Post

Director's Statement

Ecologist Charles Post travels across Nevada to explore how overpopulated wild horses effect native wildlife. A Wildlife Society film by Charles Post, Phillip Baribeau, and Ben Masters.

Director's Bio

Ben Masters is a filmmaker, writer, and photographer currently living in Austin, TX. Masters studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M University and is most known for producing Unbranded and for directing The River and The Wall. He has written for National Geographic, Western Horseman, and has two books published by Texas A&M University Press. Masters is an award winning filmmaker with Audience Awards at Telluride Mountainfilm, Banff International Film Festival, Hot Docs International Film Festival, and recipient of the SXSW Louis Black Lone Star Award. He makes character driven movies about wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Awards

EQUUS FIlm & Arts Fest - USA - 2019

WINNIE

Official selection

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest - USA - 2019

Country of Origin

USA

Production Year

2019

Official Website

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