Four friends embark on a sublime, life-changing adventure. They are to travel on wild mustangs across the American West, from the Mexican to Canadian border through the majestic Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park.

COMPLETED 

Filmmakers: Phillip Baribeau
Year: 2015
Runtime: 105 mins
Country: USA
Format: HD
UK release: 27 November 2015

'An engrossing real-life adventure' - THR

'Brimming with drama in the midst of jaw-dropping landscapes' - LA Times

'Spectacular Cinematography' - Twitch Film



AWARDS

Audience Award Winner - HotDocs 2015

Audience Award Winner - Telluride Mountainfilm Festival 2015

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

HotDocs 2015

Telluride Mountainfilm Festival 2015

Mumbai Film Festival 2015

CPH:DOX 2015

STORY 

Four friends embark on a sublime, life-changing adventure. They are to travel on wild mustangs across the American West, from the Mexican to Canadian border through the majestic Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park.

On an unprecedented 3,000-mile journey through the most pristine backcountry of the American West, four friends rode horseback across an almost continuous stretch of public lands, border to border, from Mexico to Canada.

For their trail horses, they adopted wild mustangs from the US Bureau of Land Management, which were perfectly adapted to the rocky terrain and harsh conditions of desert and mountain travel. Chosen to inspire adoptions from the 50,000 mustangs and burros in holding facilities across the United States and to call attention to the importance of rangeland management, these animals became their riders’ transport, nemeses, and eventual trusted companions as men and mustangs traversed the immense landscapes of Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. A meticulously planned but unpredictable route brought them face to face with snowpack, downpours, and wildfire; unrelenting heat, raging rivers, and sheer cliffs; jumping cactus, rattlesnakes, and charging moose; sickness, injury, and death. But they also experienced a special camaraderie with each other and with the mustangs, the magnificent natural scenery of the nation’s enduring wilderness, and the not so romantic lifestyle of a romanticized bygone era.


PRESS

'An engrossing real-life adventure' - The Hollywood Reporter

'Brimming with drama in the midst of jaw-dropping landscapes' - LA Times

'Spectacular Cinematography' - Twitch Film

'Breathtaking' - The Guardian


FILMMAKER

Phillip earned a degree in Media and Theatre Arts from Montana State University in 2003. Following his passion for film, storytelling and adventure, he went to work in television and documentary filmmaking. Here he learned what it takes to produce a story while capturing engaging cinematic images. His most credited broadcast series are Destination Extreme on National Geographic (field producer/DP/editor), Ax Men on the History Channel (field producer/camera operator), MeatEater on the Sportsman Channel (DP) and Mountain Men on the History Channel (camera operator). In 2008, Phillip founded Implement Productions, based in Bozeman, MT. Within Implement, he has worked on a wide range of documentary films, television, web advertisement, events and commercials. His commercial clients include Teva Footwear, Black Diamond, Federal Ammunition and Sportsman’s Warehouse. In 2013, Phillip won Best Overall Film at the Baku film festival in Azerbaijan for the short film Land of Fire. Unbranded is his first director credit for a feature length film.


CREDITS

Director: Phillip Baribeau

Producers: Dennis Aig, Phillip Baribeau and Ben Masters

Executive Producers: Cindy Meehl, Cami & John C. Goff, Terry & Margaret Hodge and Doug & Anne Marie Bratton

Directors of Photography: Phillip Baribeau and Korey Kaczmarek

Music superviser: John Bissell

Editor: Scott Chestnut

Music: Noah Sorota