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tCm: So why wild horses as the subject of your first documentary subject? AD: Greg and I were intrigued about doing an indie feature film about the relationship between man and horse, not necessarily wild horses. There is a magical bond that only a horse can have with a human. We had been looking for the right source. Greg saw an ad for the Extreme Mustang Makeover and instinctively knew this was our story. It encapsulated everything we wanted to do. The idea of these people, some horse trainers, some not, being randomly assigned to these wild horses and then have to tame them over the next 100 days. We were immediately intrigued. I was 8 ½ months pregnant and timing was bad but the ad was stuck on the refrigerator door. We watched the EMM DVD and we were blown away. Finally, our beautiful daughter was born and we were ready to pick up on this idea and, hopefully, project. I called Patti.


tCm: From start to finish, how long did the film project take? AD: Well, we started pre-production in February 2009, shooting began of the Extreme Mustang Makeover 2009 in June and we finished ,really, at the end of January 2011. We had so much great material we knew it would be a challenge to whittle it down and it was. We ended up filming nine different stories, nine different people, nine different horses. And we wanted to include each of their uniquely personal stories and how they tamed and befriended their mustangs…I believe we captured that. PC: Definitely. It’s amazing!


tCm: What was an actual day like for you Patti while this documentary was being shot? PC: Alex and Greg were invisible. Every now and then, I’d look up and Greg would be hanging off the ceiling like an orangutang getting some artsy, obscure shot and I just started getting use to him hanging around. The editing is brilliant on it…I’ve gotten to see it at some film festivals and the audiences are in love with it. They laugh, they hoot and holler, cry and applaud, its crazy. I’m not making it up. AD: Yes, the audience is really engaged in the film..


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