(RED BANK, NJ) -- The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses is a feature documentary that is executive produced by Robert Redford, Patti Scialfa Springsteen and Jessica Springsteen. It tells the incredible story of America’s wild horse population from their turbulent history to their uncertain future. Basie Center Cinemas will screen the film all weekend starting on Friday, October 15.
The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses is a feature-length documentary that brings audiences on an odyssey throughout America to places few people have seen or even know about. There are more than 80,000 wild horses on our public lands and more than 50,000 in government corrals.
“America’s wild horses are fighting their last stand”, says Executive Producer Robert Redford. “Increasing competition for our natural resources threatens our wilderness areas and wildlife species. Horses are interwoven into the very fabric of what is America. What threatens them threatens us all.”
Featuring music from Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou Harris, the film briefly covers the history of this American icon and then shows their current situation. Some of the stories include taking a woman who has trained mustangs for more than 10 years out to the range so she can experience where they came from; an organization that pairs up mustangs and veterans with PTSD; a woman named “Wild Horse” Annie who mobilized an army of children 50 years ago to protect wild horses and save them from the brink of extinction; a group of incredible women who are implementing a fertility control program on the range; and a sanctuary that reunites wild horses that were rounded up from the wild.
"To tell the story of America's wild horses is a privilege and a huge responsibility," said Producer and Co-Director Steven Latham. "The journey the mustangs are on is a bridge to our collective past. There are numerous things that threaten their freedom. This film takes audiences on an exciting journey and brings them into a world to have a new understanding and appreciation of these magnificent animals."
Steven Latham is the creator and producer of the award-winning film series, Shelter Me, which focuses on incredible stories about the human-animal bond. The films have been hosted by John Legend, Jane Goodall, Kristen Bell, Jon Hamm, Hilary Swank, Allison Janney, Edie Falco, Jane Lynch, Wendie Malick, Daymond John and Katherine Heigl.
Mr. Latham started his production company with a film series he created with Barbra Streisand called, “The Living Century,” which told stories about people who were at least 100 years old. He also produced and directed for the science series, NOVA, and made the only film about the TED Conference. He worked at Ketchum, Grey, Paramount Pictures, PolyGram Television and Universal Worldwide Television.
Basie Center Cinemas is located at 36 White Street in Red Bank, New Jersey.Advance tickets, showtimes and theater rental information is available at their website.
The Count Basie Center for the Arts is New Jersey’s premier center for the cultural arts, dedicated to fostering powerful, inclusive artistic experiences and creative exchange of ideas. The Basie mission is to inspire, educate and entertain through its distinct and engaging cultural and artistic offerings that reflect the diversity of the region. As a nonprofit organization, the Basie is committed to enriching the community’s quality of life by generating opportunities for participation in the arts, partnering with schools, collaborating with other mission-based organizations and driving regional economic prosperity. The Basie Center has hosted an array of world-class artists, including Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Crosby Stills & Nash, Tony Bennett, Sophia Loren and Ringo Starr. Count Basie Center programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.