Wild Beauty Mustang Spirit of the West
The documentary is qualified to be nominated for an Oscar this year because it has won accolades at numerous U.S. film festivals, including Best Documentary at the Boston and St. Louis Film Festivals.
Four years in the making, the documentary premiered last year to raving reviews and sold-out audiences. The film transports viewers into the intimate world of their close-knit equine families through breathtaking cinematography of wild horses roaming freely across extensive public lands. while highlighting the appalling mistreatment they endure at the hands of the federal Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Dept. of the Inside
The crew of Avis attended mass roundups to document horrific acts of animal cruelty, violations of the federal Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, misuse of federal tax dollars, violations of Constitutional Rights, as well as violations of Freedom of the Press. Avis also attended these roundups.
On April 12, Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville will show Mustang Spirit of the West for one night only. The movie starts at 6:30 p.m., when doors open. Marty Irby, the eight-time world champion equestrian in the film, will host a special discussion immediately following the screening and answer questions from the audience. Irby was honored in 2020 by the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts to safeguard American horses and was named one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists for 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Irby came up with and worked hard to get a bill through the House of Representatives in 2020 that would help better protect wild equids that live on federal lands. He also lobbied for the Veterans for Mustangs Act, H.R. 726, which was introduced by Reps. Rep. Lisa McClain, also, Troy Carter, D-La. last month in the United States House of Representatives.
Natalie Ahwesh, leader chief at Humane Action Pittsburgh, explained that people have consistently imparted such a unique association with ponies. They are thrilled to present this critically acclaimed film in the Gateway to the West. She thinks people will be really moved to see both the beauty and the plight of American wild mustangs play out in front of them.
Marty Irby stated that they are grateful that Humane Action Pittsburgh has brought the award-winning film to the city and anticipate seeing the tremendous showing they have seen in other states. This stunning piece of cinematography by Ashley Avis provides an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at the peril that iconic American equines face at the hands of federal bureaucrats who are killing wild horses and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Tickets are on sale now (wildbeauty.eventbrite.com) and will not be available at the door.