ArcLight Cinemas - La Jolla, San Diego, CA
Q&A following screening with Director Stefan Morel
Director: Stefan Morel
Producers: Stefan Morel, Liz Mitten Ryan
Cast: Liz Mitten Ryan
Synopsis: We learn from the Herd that when one suffers we all suffer. We're all here to heal together. Herd explores how horses can guide us to heal the chaos within our lives. During a weeklong off-grid nature retreat, deep in the heart of British Columbia’s horse country, eight people participate in a collective spirit quest of meditation and equine therapy. The film documents a nascent, interspecies community where horses and humans share fears, doubts and truths as they form a new hybrid herd. The horse/human communication transcends language to foster a dialogue of shared mindfulness.
To be screened before Herd:
The Horse Whisperer
Director: Richard Mullane
Producers: Ces Terranova
Synopsis: The Horse Whisperer is a short film about Jean François Pignon, captivated as a teenager by a white horse named Gazelle. In the film he recounts the unique bond he formed with Gazelle and how he began to develop an extraordinary ability to communicate with her. We learn of his brave response to the tragedy of her loss and how, through this adversity, he developed his work with other horses. As we witness Pignon’s serenity and calm, we see that it is his state of being that allows the horses to trust him.