Sixteen mustangs, four men, one dream: to ride border-to-border, Mexico to Canada, up the spine of the American West. Unbranded follows the story of Ben Masters, Thomas Glover, Jonny Fitzsimons and Ben Thamer as they travel through the deepest backcountry from Mexico through the American West up to Canada, with 16 Mustangs chosen and trained for this purpose. The ride took five and a half months through famously challenging and beautiful country in Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.
Unbranded initially made waves with a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign where they raised $171,000 from 1,062 backers. In addition, the team set out to inspire adoptions of the 50,000 wild horses living in holding pens in the American West and to bring attention to the fragile ecosystem and this vast stretch of uninterrupted land. Learn more about this film on Facebook and at unbrandedthefilm.com.
Editor’s Review: This documentary is visually stunning and, as someone who has trained a BLM mustang, I also appreciated the facts (without bias) this documentary shares about wild horses and their current challenges. My only criticism of this film is I wanted more personal depth from the young men both during and after their adventure. Regardless, the film is well worth seeing; look for it in select theatres this month or pre-order on iTunes now.
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