Saving America’s Horses. A Nation Betrayed
While at the Virginia Conference, I had the good fortune to meet Katia Louise, producer and director of the outstanding film, Saving America’s Horses. This was a film that I’d been frothing at the mouth to see for nearly two years. (I kid you not.) A Humanion Films production sponsored by Wild for Life Foundation, I’d seen the movie trailer over and over again on different advocacy sites, and in addition to being a total fan of Tippi Hedren, director of Shambala, the wildlife preserve in California, who is featured in the movie (along with Paul Sorvino), I knew–I just knew–that this film could evolve public understanding of the plight of North American horses in one sitting. Katia, who is about the size of a china doll with the accompanying exquisiteness must have the inner fortitude of Samson. In order to get this movie made and now promote it in every venue possible, one has to have a fire in the belly, and that, Katia has in spades.
Katia quotes me on one of her websites (although she doesn’t identify me as the author of Ground Manners.A Novel nor as a Quebec horse advocate), and I’m proud of that. I’ve always had a good eye for art, film, photography, and literature, and I shared with Katia my opinions on how her movie manipulated visuals well (without excess sentiment or disturbing graphics), and conveyed a sense of urgency to viewers about how we cannot continue to treat our horses and mustangs the way we do, and sleep well at night. When Saving America’s Horses premiered in Canada, in Ontario, it won the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Best Environmental Award . This is only one of Katia’s awards. Please visit Saving America’s Horses website and donate so that this wonderful film can reach even more members of the public. If I were to wish upon a star, I’d wish that we in Canada had a filmmaker so devoted, so talented, and so driven to produce a similar film production intent on saving our horses, mustangs and equids from the same, grey fate. Thanks, Katia, from a grateful constituency of concern across North America.