‘Down the Fence’ documentary crowd-funding campaign closes Friday
There is still time to help the Kickstarter campaign for M.J. Isakson and Park City-resident Lori Adamski-Peek’s documentary "Down the Fence."
The campaign ends on Friday, Nov. 20, and it has raised nearly $25,675, just over 50 percent of its $50,000 goal.
"Down the Fence" is about a group of horse trainers around the country who compete in a horsemanship that keeps the vaquero tradition alive. The film explores the origins of this culture and art form, Adamski-Peek said during an interview.
The film profiles horse trainers on their journey to compete in an annual championship that is held in Reno, Nevada, and reveals their challenges and gives a rare glimpse into their unique lifestyle, according to Adamski-Peek.
"The competition is held in Reno Nevada, once a year and for these trainers, winning means putting food on the table and hay in the barn for another year," she said.
The original vaqueros were livestock herders who hailed from the Iberian Peninsula in the southwest corner of Europe, which includes Spain, Portugal and Andorra.
"This form of working riding came to North America with horses more than 300 years ago," Adamski-Peek said. "The horses evolved into working animals by working on ranches and farms in California and Mexico. And through these competitions is the only way the tradition will be kept alive."
"Down the Fence" is a character-driven film about people who many Americans don’t know exist, she said.
"While we sit in our offices, log onto our computers and talk on our cell phones, these horse trainers go out into the elements and make a living herding cattle and working with horses," Adamski-Peek said. "This is part of our American culture and many people aren’t aware of it."
Adamski-Peek, who serves as director, worked with producer, director and writer JM Isakson on the film.
"We are finished filming and it’s 90 percent edited," Adamski-Peek said.
In addition, all of the music rights are covered.
A few days ago, actor Ted Levine recorded the film’s first voiceover in a studio in Santa Barbara, California.
"He’s an actor’s actor and is known for his role of the creepy Buffalo Bill in ‘Silence of the Lambs,’" Adamski-Peek said. "He was great and actually donated his time."
There is still quite a bit of work that needs to be finished, including color correction, sound mastering, more voiceovers, legal documentation and film festival entry fees.
"We want to get this ready for release in early 2016," Adamski-Peek said. "We want to get it into some film festivals."
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