Film: Disappointment Valley: A Modern Day Western
March 3 • 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm• Free
“Disappointment Valley: A Modern Day Western” is a film documentary by director James Anaquad Kleinert, which tells the story of a herd of wild horses in a remote and scenic portion of South Western Colorado known as Disappointment Valley, and the devastating impacts to this herd by the actions of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), including the agency’s brutal helicopter round-ups, and toxic degradation of these public lands through fracking, strip mining, and other environmentally damaging resource extraction activities. This film also tells the powerful story of the human dimensions impacting the wild lands of the West, though personal interviews with Department of Interior and BLM agency staff, environmental scientists, politicians, cowboys and Indians, miners, and attorneys, documenting the ongoing struggle of those seeking to prevent environmental harm. In addition, the film also captures the BLM’s attempts to target and block the film maker, and prevent his filming of the agency’s harmful actions, and his successful battle, through federal Freedom of Information Act litigation, to obtain agency records demonstrating the agency’s attempt to discourage and silence the film producer. This is more then a story about the wild horses of the West, but also a tale of the ongoing struggle by many members of the public to try to protect these wild lands from irresponsible corporate abuse and greed. Directly following the film, there will be an opportunity for audience questions Q & A with film director James Kleinert and Freedom of Information Act attorney Daniel Stotter.