SLO Film Festival
The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses
Join us for a special screening of The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses, a feature documentary executive produced by Robert Redford, Patti Scialfa Springsteen and Jessica Springsteen. The Mustangs takes audiences on an odyssey throughout America to places few people have seen or even know about. With more than 80,000 wild horses on our federal lands and more than 50,000 in government corrals, the film will make you fall in love with America all over again and understand the importance of protecting our wild horses and our public lands. The film includes songs by Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, and Willie Nelson, and an original song written by Diane Warren and performed by Blanco Brown. Producer and Co-Director Steven Latham will join us with Neda Demayo (Founder and President of Return to Freedom, a national nonprofit wild horse conservation and advocacy organization) after the film for an in-depth discussion.
We’re also excited to partner with Eberle Winery to present an opportunity to taste some beautiful wines before the film. 1:00-2:00 pm - Wine Tasting with Eberle Winery 2:00 pm - Film Starts 3:30-4:00 pm - Post Film Discussion Tickets: $20 - Film only $25- Film & Wine tasting Steven Latham is the Producer and Co-Director of The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses. He also created and produced the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Shelter Me, which celebrates the human-animal bond by telling incredible stories about shelter pets. Steven began his production company with a biography series he created with Barbra Streisand called, "The Living Century," which focused on people who were at least 100 years old. He also produced and directed the science series, NOVA, and made the only film about the TED Conference. Prior to launching his company, he worked at Ketchum, Grey, Paramount Pictures, PolyGram Television, and Universal Worldwide Television. Steven graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications and lives in Los Angeles. Neda DeMayo is the founder and president of Return to Freedom, a national nonprofit wild horse conservation and advocacy organization. RTF works to meet the immediate needs of rescue and sanctuary for wild horses and burros while modeling humane, minimally intrusive solutions to manage the wild horse population in free-ranging herds. Over its two decades, RTF has developed a unique, nationally respected advocacy voice on policy issues by advocating for humane, science-based alternatives to wild horse management rooted in its hands-on experience with hundreds of wild horses and its focus on maintaining family bands and naturally selected herd and social groups. DeMayo first became involved in the wild horse issue in 1994 and incorporated Return to Freedom in 1997. A year later, RTF founded its American Wild Horse Sanctuary in Lompoc, Calif. In 1999, RTF’s sanctuary became the fourth equine project in the world to utilize the non-hormonal, reversible contraceptive vaccine porcine zona pellucida (PZP), which allows us to slow down population growth while keeping family bands of wild horses together and conserving unique and threatened strains. The sanctuary also provides an opportunity to educate thousands of people of all ages and walks of life about the history, cultural importance, and behaviors of America’s wild horses and burros – as well as the challenges they face in a changing world. RTF’s sanctuary is now home to about 500 wild horses and 50 burros at three locations and has played an active role in the rescue and rehoming of well over 2,000 horses that might have otherwise gone to slaughter.