Festival Schedule


Schedule may be subject to change

Icon of the American West,
the Global Impact of the Horse
Missoula, Montana

September 14-17, 2017
The Roxy Theater – 718 South Higgins Avenue, downtown Missoula

Thursday, September 14
A Carousel for Missoula

Come & Ride the Wild Ponies:  Opening Event for EIFF 2017
Missoula Carousel in Caras Park

EIFF Free Community Event
This is a Welcome event with great, local refreshments right off the farm!

Free Carousel Pony Rides
Pick up a festival program, meet some of the filmmakers, and maybe a real horse or two
Posters, Festival T-shirts and information will be available
Sponsored by Red Hen Farm & Orchard, Peters Landscaping & Design, and BigSkyWriting.com

A Carousel for Missoula
A Carousel for Missoula

Friday, September 15
The Roxy Theater

Registration at the Roxy

Music Video Finalist featuring “Whisper” highlighting the Equine/Human Bond, Monty Roberts Productions

Special Welcome:  Diana Webster, Founder/Director
The Native America Humane Society

Film Screenings
“Indian Relay
(America’s oldest sport, it is also one of the most exciting and most dangerous, but its emphasis is also on the safety of the horse, the participants and the spectators.)

“Badger Creek”

Meet Executive Producer,  Rhea Ashmore & Cinematographer, Doug Hawes Davis

Special Presentation
What Equines & Other Animals Can Teach Us About Mindfulness
Dr. Michael Yellow Bird, Director
Tribal & Indigenous People’s Studies at North Dakota State Univ.

“Palm Island:  Horse Sense for People”
U.S. Premier
Monty Roberts was called in to help save wild horses on Palm Island, Australia.  When he arrived, he began to work with local Aboriginal youth and as they learned Join Up, so much in their lives began to change.

The Girl and the Horse”
(A charming message and a great little animated film for all ages)

“The Wild Ones”
(A group of teens begin an alternative learning program at a horse rescue and sanctuary)

“El Caballo-The Wild Horses of North America”
Introduced by Producer, Doug Hawes Davis


Special Presentation
Two renowned jockeys, also a husband and wife, Thoroughbred Racing’s Hall of Fame Braulio Baeza and NYRA Janice Blake speak about the behind the scenes of the horse racing world.  With successful careers, their first thoughts are always on the horse and both work today for the welfare of race horses.  Janice Blake is a also a trainer and filmmaker, presenting:
  “How to Train a Thoroughbred,” excellent short vignettes about her work and some of the best training practices for the benefit of the horse.


“Talking to the Air”
Finalist-Best Documentary Feature

Welcome Reception at the beautiful Dana Gallery on Higgins Avenue, Missoula
Co-Sponsored by the Native America Humane Society & The Humane Society of the U.S.

Gourmet Pizza, Veggies & Greens & No-Host Bar

Saturday, September 16
The Roxy Theater

Equine Health & Training Films & Presentations

Registration at the Roxy

“ECIR:  No Laminitis”
Q&A before/after w/ Laminitis experts

Meet two of the world’s leading jockeys, a husband and wife team who are also working for the welfare of racehorses. Janice Blake rides on the NYRA circuit and is a filmmaker, her husband Braulio Baeza is in the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.  Braulio will be signing autographs.

Janice will present a series of short training vignettes:
“How to Train a Thoroughbred”  and talk about her experiences on the track

“Sacred Ground: Newport International Polo Series”

“Chris Irwin, Horse Sense for the Modern World”

“Shy Boy”
20th Anniversary of the film and the horse that started it all in training wild mustangs.

A Monty Roberts Production and Finalist for Best Equine/Human Bond & Best Training

Special Presentation

Native, Natural & Part of Our Heritage, the Wild Horse Issue
Featuring Gillian Lyons, HSUS Senior Wildlife Fertility Control Policy Manager

Special Presentation

Sacred Connections:  Healing through Horses
Moderator:  Kristie Johnson (Navajo)
Featuring:  John Spence (Gros Ventre Sioux , Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc. & Thomas Smittle 

Pre-Awards Reception at the Roxy Theater; Beer and Wine Available

Finalist for Best Documentary
Introduced by Filmmaker, Stefan Morel

(Filmed entirely on location at an Equinisity Retreat on 320 acres of sacred land near Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.
Herd explores how horses can guide us to heal the chaos within our lives.)

Film Festival Awards

Icon Awards: Meet Monty Roberts & Smoke Elser

Celebration to Follow:  Venue TBA



Sunday, September 16

Field Trips:
1.       Horse Haven Montana

2.       The Historic Nine Mile Ranger Station:  Exclusive Tour of the historic ranger station
Bus Transportation Provided from Missoula; pre-registration required
Fee:  $20 or included in Full Delegate Registration.
Meet the Famous Nine Mile Pack String as they’re prepped to head into backcountry Monday morning

Film Screening
“Finding Fortune” (all ages)

“The Girl and The Horse”
Animation (all ages)

Horse Shelter Diaries”
(How one
New Mexico horse rescue is finding adoptive homes for hard to place horses)

“Blind Spot:  Moments Unseen”
Introduced by Canadian Filmmaker & Equestrian, Stefan Morel
(Follow the epic journey of three visually impaired horseback riders, into Argentina’s mountain trails of Patagonia)

Finalist for Most Inspirational Documentary
Q&A to follow

“Talking to the Air”
Finalist for Best Documentary

“From the Kill Pen”

Finalist for Best News
(Horse slaughter exposed:  Whatever your perspective or view, From the Kill Pen exposes a grim view of the slaughter industry with excellent reporting and videography.)  PLEASE NOTE:  CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES

“The Caravan”
(follows the exploits of an eclectic group of international carriage drivers and horse riders as they journey across the American south from California to Florida over 5 months and 2,500 miles.  Leading this group of relative strangers is Gerard Paagman with his team of elegant Friesian horses  featured in The Hunger Games – Catching Fire. Challenging the limits of disability is Michael Muir, Great Grandson of the visionary John Muir, Father of the National Parks and co-founder the Sierra Club conservation movement in the U.S.)