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To help broaden awareness of the mustang breed, Mustang Leadership Partners has collaborated on two PBS documentaries, each with a unique and inspiring focus. We are proud of our mustangs for their role in these powerful films and hope you will take time to learn more or view the documentaries online.

When the Dust Settles

When the Dust Settles, was shown at the EQUUS Film Festival in 2017 where it won both the Wild Horse Full Length Documentary and Best of Festival about Wild Horses WINNIE Awards. This film shows the parallel struggles and triumphs that mustangs and disadvantaged girls from inner city Chattanooga have faced in their lives.

When the Dust Settles [Trailer]

The trailer for “When the Dust Settles” was debuted at the 2016 EQUUS Film Festival. “Founded in 2013 the EQUUS Film Festival 2016 presented over 150 films and over 60 WINNIE Awards including Equestrian Art Film, Director, Documentary, Commercial, International, Music Video, People’s Choice and Best of Festival. The addition of WINNIE Award categories in 2016 for Literature and Art will round out our commitment to being the home to the storytellers of the horse world.”

We Shall Remain

From the award-winning PBS series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE comes We Shall Remain, a ground breaking mini-series and provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. The series includes five 90-minute documentaries spanning 300 years that tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective. Each of the episodes focuses on important historical events, telling five sometimes heartbreaking, but always inspiring, little-known stories. The series is the product of a tremendous collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers, advisors, historians, and community leaders, placing Native American voices at the heart of the series. Episode 3: Trail of Tears, featured footage from the Tennessee Valley Region, including Red Clay State Park. Several of Mustang Leadership Partners’ mustangs appeared in Episode 3, helping the film’s producers create horseback riding scenes realistic to the time period. Our mustang stars performed fabulously on the big screen, as you can tell from some of the photos.

Untamed Legacy: America’s Wild Mustang

Focusing on the wild mustang’s survival and struggles as resources diminish, Untamed Legacy: America’s Wild Mustang chronicles a mustang named Charlie on his journey from the wild to his new home in Alabama, and all the people whose lives he touches along the way – including students from the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. Mustang Leadership Partners adopted Charlie from the Bureau of Land Management and trainer Ed Dabney worked with him for 100 days in preparation for the October 2009 Extreme Mustang Makeover in Murfreesboro, TN. Charlie’s transformation is showcased in the film, along with many other inspirational stories from mustang trainers and advocates in Tennessee, Alabama, Nevada and New Mexico.

Untamed Legacy: America’s Wild Mustang is narrated by Jack Perkins, best known for his work with NBC News and as host of AE’s Biography, and is produced by Emmy Award winner Jen Noble. WTCI is the producing PBS station of this documentary. In 2012, at the 26th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards, Untamed Legacy won three Emmy awards in the Documentary, Writing and Photography categories.

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