Janet Rose, Founder/Director (on left, with Monty Roberts & Debbie Roberts Loucks)
A former television journalist and Executive Director/CEO for non-profit organizations, Janet is passionate about equine welfare and wildlife conservation. She is former executive director of international wildlife film festivals and currently Executive Director of the Montana World Affairs Council. She is also the founder of Horse Haven Montana, an equine rescue, adoption and education organization, and a member of the Equine Experiential Education Association.
Establishing the EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival in 2011, Janet says it was a labor of love amid great hopes that one of the first major equine film festivals could have a significant impact on equine welfare worldwide. The EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival® seeks to raise awareness, improve equine welfare, promote the equine/human bond and increase understanding of all things “horse.” EIFF also celebrates the full spectrum of the equine world.
Nat Forcier, Communications & Social Media Manager
Nat is the founder of BigSkyWriting.com. She began writing poetry on a rock in the middle of Rattlesnake Creek at age ten and holds an English Literature degree. Nat draws on her nonprofit experience and love of horses, film, and Montana to support the work and mission of the EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival®.
Lynda MacLeod, Consultant for Corporate Philanthropy & Sponsorships
EIFF’S Advisory Committee is comprised of esteemed equestrians and individuals from a range of fields with a special interest in equine welfare, the world of equus, and the power and impact of equine film. Our current Advisory Committee members are individuals with expertise, knowledge and passion for EIFF and its mission and all things equine. Each individual brings a deep depth of understanding and interest in the equine arena and the role of media through the EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival®. We are very grateful for the support and expertise of these incredible individuals.
2018 Advisory Committee
Equinista (fashionista + equestrienne) L.A. Sokolowski is a 2016 winner of AHP Equine Media and Syracuse Press Club awards for excellence in horse sports journalism. The six-time (2008-2015) American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards winner and finalist, and two-time consecutive winner of the Freelance Equestrian Journalism award, led Equestrian Press support for the 1996 Atlanta Committee and Olympic Games and has continued to offer media consultation to an elite stable of clients while maintaining a byline throughout today’s top equestrian lifestyle and sports media outlets. Learn more at lapomeroy.com.
LuAnn C. Brenno grew up on a small dairy farm with cows, pigs, sheep, cats, dogs, and horses. After careers in mental health nursing and medical malpractice law, she returned to her roots and for the past 20 + years has lived and worked on a hobby farm just west of Minneapolis, MN. She has had between 2 and 5 horses over the years, many of whom were retired or unwanted and came to her to live out their lives. She cares for the horses and trail rides in the local parks. Over the years she has volunteered with the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation and Three Rivers Park District as a Volunteer Horse Patroller. She has also volunteered for RAGOM, a golden retriever rescue organization, and Animal Folks, an organization whose mission is to protect animals and prevent animal cruelty by enforcing animal protection laws in Minnesota. She has been a long term supporter of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Animals, especially horses, are integral to her life and well-being.
Antonia Wolf is no stranger to the way of the horse. As a child she dreamed of one day owning her own horse, and in her adult life went on to train many students in the art of horsemanship. Even when life required her to sell her facility, her love for these animals did not wane. She has a deep understanding of their magnificence, and this has given her, as a photographer especially, a special knack for capturing their spirit in motion. Her images speak to their mystery as creatures and their core beauty. Antonia fell in love with the wild horses of Pryor Mountain and Utah. Tracking the shape of their wildness has been a personal journey. Antonia explores creation in all its forms: human life, the natural world, the animal world. Each of her images tries to tell a particular story, held in time. Each of her images—even the most otherworldly landscapes—tries to unearth a humanity that could easily have been overlooked.
Dean Hoistad, Esq
Diana Webster, Esq (White Earth Band of Ojibwe)
President/CEO of the Native America Humane Society
The Native America Humane Society (NAHS) was formed in 2014 after Diana Webster received a call from her cousin on a reservation in northern Minnesota to ask why she saw Diana volunteering to help dogs in Mexico on Facebook and not helping reservation “rez” dogs. Diana, a California attorney, knew from her family and from her work with tribal justice systems at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute that Native people on reservations and in urban communities still lacked access to resources and help for their families and their pets despite recent economic development through gaming. With NAHS, she works to empower Tribal nations and Native communities in humanely managing their animals while acknowledging their tribal sovereign rights, traditions and culture, and the competing social challenges that still impact human health, safety, and happiness.
Ken Brown, Back Country Horsemen