Janet Rose, Founder
A former television journalist and director of nonprofit organizations, Janet is passionate about equine welfare and wildlife conservation. She is a former executive director of international wildlife film festivals and currently Director of Development & Communications for Save the Chimps. 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 hope that the first major equine film festival could have a huge 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 “equus.” EIFF also celebrates the full spectrum of the equine world.
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®.
EIFF’S Advisory Committee is comprised of esteemed equestrians and individuals in a range of fields who have a special interest in the power and impact of 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®. If you would have an interest in serving on the Advisory Committee, or in judging films, please contact us. We actively seek equine specialists, experts and others from all fields but with a special interest in the equine world.
2017 Advisory Committee
Equinista (fashionista + equestrienne) L.A. Pomeroy 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.
Dave Leishman is a successful businessman and owner of the Bar W Guest Ranch in beautiful Whitefish, Montana. Dividing his time between travel for business and overseeing the ranch, Dave is dedicated to the well being of all equines, and to promoting, protecting and enhancing tourism as well as the economic vitality of Montana. We are honored to have Dave join our Advisory Committee.
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.
David Wright is an internationally renowned cinematographer and film producer who has won numerous awards including an Emmy, BAFTA and Cine. Known for his work on natural history stories, he has also had a life-long love of horses and riding. David has contributed to many TV series including National Geographic’s “Untamed Americas”, BBC’s “Frozen Planet” and “Life”, as well as many episodes of “Natural World”.