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Project of the Day: Horses Run Free in 'Herd in Iceland'

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 25, 2012 at 9:40AM

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"Herd in Iceland"
"Herd in Iceland"

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Herd in Iceland"

Tweetable Logline:

During the summer, the Icelandic horse live a remote and wild existence, grazing in the highlands. This is the story of bringing them home.

Elevator Pitch:

For over 1,000 years, Icelandic law has made it illegal to import horses.  During the summer months, the horses live a remote and wild existence, grazing in the highlands and raising their young. Every September, they are rounded up by local farmers and directed across the open terrain. The reunion of the horses and their owners is a significant social and cultural touchstone for both the local farmers and the city dwellers who travel to the countryside to participate.  Herd In Iceland is a stunning portrait of Iceland's people, horses, and landscape, and a view of how they are intertwined.

Production Team:

Director & Producer: Lindsay Blatt
Director & Cinematographer: Paul Taggart
Original Music: Joshua Camp
Edited by: Michelle Mizner
Production Assistant: Helgi Guðmundsson

About the Production:

"The horse holds a precious place in Icelandic culture, art and tradition; for over 1,000 years Icelandic law has prohibited the importation of horses onto the island. By telling the story of this annual journey, Herd in Iceland captures the symbolism behind the horses and the nation they represent.  We spent time with the herders and others who ensure that this tradition continues. We filmed from land and air, foot and hoof across the vast Icelandic landscape, following and living with the herdsmen. We tell the story of Iceland's people through the horses and landscape that formed them." -- Lindsay Blatt

Current Status:

Post-production.

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Production Company Website
Kickstarter Page

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