In the fall of 2015, conditions arose that drew me out of my conventional life and onto the road full time, with cameras, a laptop, my dog Henry and little else.
My Bay Area rent had soared beyond my means just as the seeds of this film were taking root, and I felt propelled to give up my apartment and sell what I owned in order to downsize to fit my Jeep and move forward with my film.
For years leading up to this time I had been volunteering on local farms and ranches and participating inside the competitive horse world. As I fell in love with these activities and places, I also saw firsthand the dilemmas that arise when animals become part of human industries. Even in the most caring environments, the conflicts of interests that I saw unsettled my conscience, surfacing questions about the ways and reasons we appropriate other lives.
By 2015 I had conceived of a documentary project that would explore this relationship, and with stops planted across the U.S, Henry and I set off on a two-year filmmaking adventure.
Now I am eager to share the resulting film as well as a behind-the-scenes book that explores the topic and themes through the journey of making the film.
I hope these works can inspire viewers and readers to feel as curious as I am about one another, and the environments we share.