Disappointment Valley: A Modern Day Western

Disappointment Valley documents the struggle of an animal that has long symbolized freedom, individualism and unbridled passion in America. Kleinert examines the origins and effects of the recent "Burns Bill" which gutted the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 and cleared the way for the removal and slaughter of wild horses in America. Greed and corruption take center stage, exposing deceit within the Department of the Interior. The film also explores the current impacts on western public lands by oil, gas, mining and corporate cattle grazing. The once free-roaming horses now face euthanasia, or worse, being shipped to Mexico for brutal slaughter. I hope this film will not only educate viewers about the disturbing, massive removal of our horses but inspire change to the future of these precious animals.

James Kleinert, international award-winning filmmaker, showcases his newest film, Disappointment Valley...A Modern Day Western at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival. This feature-length documentary examines the politics behind the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) controversial policies on public lands and questions the fate of America's wild horses and burros, whose very existence is in jeopardy.

The film includes interviews with Jim Baca, (former Director of the Bureau of Land Management under the Clinton Administration), Michael Blake, (Writer, Dances With Wolves and Wild Horse Advocate), Sheryl Crow, Viggo Mortensen, Daryl Hannah, scientific experts, animal rights activists and environmentalists as well as examines the effects of the 2004 legislation that cleared the way for the removal and slaughter of America’s wild horses.

Disappointment Valley: A Modern Day Western,
will debut in Santa Barbara, CA on:

Monday, February 8th 4:45pm Metro 4, Theatre IV

Thursday, February 11th 6:30pm Victoria Hall

For tickets: Call 805-963-0023 before February 4th and arrive at theatre an hour before screening time. For further details visit:

There will also be a 20 minute Q & A after the screenings with Director James Kleinert and Dr. Elliot Katz (Founder, In Defense of Animals to participate in Q & A on Thursday, February 11th).

With over ten years of filmmaking and six documentaries, James Kleinert continues to release film projects dealing with American Indian stories as well as environmental and action sports themes from his company, Moving Cloud Productions. His short film, Wild Horse Spirit, was part of the Emmy award winning show Natural Heroes which aired on PBS. Kleinert’s driving force is to empower the human spirit, mind and body in a harmonious nature.

For press inquiries please contact Weil Public Relations, (818) 341-3646 or (818) 378-8995,

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