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Horsepower: The Slaughter & Rescue of American Horses

Horse auctioneers, rescues and ranchers battle each other to protect or slaughter horses that no longer have homes. While the struggle to protect wild horses also continues, "Horsepower" introduces us to the key issues, the auctions, and the “kill buyers” that are fueling the little-known, nationwide massacre of the American horse.

  • Ry Wardwell
  • Ry Wardwell
  • Chris Jonason
  • Sam Nuttmann
  • Ry Wardwell
  • Sabrina Connaughton
    Key Cast
  • Sam Nuttmann
    Director of Photography
  • Ry Wardwell
    Camera Operator
  • Keith Bolling
    Additional Photography
  • Curtis Enlow
    Production Sound Mixer
  • Levi Isaacs
    Production Sound Mixer
  • Girard Fleur
    Production Sound Mixer
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    6 minutes 34 seconds
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    January 1, 2014
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    United States
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Director Biography - Ry Wardwell

Ry Wardwell is a filmmaker dedicated to crafting and conveying stories that advance positive social change. He has been a writer, photographer and musician since his early childhood. His passion for storytelling is driven by his commitment to breaking down fear, whether through powerful narrative or documentaries that advance important social topics.

Ry’s professional path has led him from non-profit work to environmental policy, alternative fuels strategy for Toyota, and finally, filmmaking. Ry studied film directing at UCLA and his formal education also includes an MBA in Marketing & Strategy (University of Southern California), BS in Environmental Economics (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) as well as undergraduate studies in Denmark and Australia. Ry is currently directing the feature documentary “Horsepower” in addition to completing several short films.

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