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Herd

We learn from the Herd that when one suffers we all suffer. We're all here to heal together.

Herd explores how horses can guide us to heal the chaos within our lives.

During a weeklong off-grid nature retreat, deep in the heart of British Columbia’s horse country, eight people participate in a collective spirit quest of meditation and equine therapy.

The film documents a nascent, interspecies community where horses and humans share fears, doubts and truths as they form a new hybrid herd. The horse/human communication transcends language to foster a dialogue of shared mindfulness.

  • Stefan Morel
    Director
    Blind Spot; Moments Unseen
  • Stefan Morel
    Writer
    Blind Spot; Moments Unseen
  • Stefan Morel
    Producer
    Blind Spot; Moments Unseen
  • Liz Mitten Ryan
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Social issue
  • Runtime:
    51 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 7, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Equus Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    November 18, 2016
    North American
    Best Director (feature doc)
  • Omaha Film Festival
    Omaha
    United States
    March 10, 2017
    Nebraska Premiere
    Official Competition
Director Biography - Stefan Morel

Filmmaker/Equestrian

Stefan is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a reincarnated gaucho.
Through his films, Stefan’s intuitive understanding of story elicits an evaluation of shared consciousness, of individual purpose, and a sense of belonging.

As the director, cinematographer and editor of “Herd” - a documentary about the healing symbiosis between humans and horses - Stefan drew from his experience as an equestrian to connect with the rhythm of the herd.

Herd won "best director (feature doc)” at the 2016 Equus Film Fest in NYC.

His documentary “Blind Spot; Moments Unseen” follows three blind adventurers who journey by horseback into the heart of the Andes. Broadcast on the CBC/Documentary Channel to rave reviews, the film received 4 nominations at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, and won best “International Doc” at the 2015 Equus Film Fest in NYC.

Stefan’s upcoming film “Dear Agnes”, is a documentary about a pen-pal correspondence between a septuagenarian and autistic children from an inner-city school in Regent Park, Toronto.

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Director Statement

My compositional eye answers blindly to instinct.
I search for an image that I can’t see, yet I know is there: a frame that my camera reveals.
I follow an artistic path that leads my lens to a visible subject, with the hope of finding the invisible.
My eyes tell me where I am, whereas my images show me what I’ve found.