A brief vignette based on the real life of a 'Horse Tour' guide in Burbank.

  • Ian Clay Sewell
  • Ian Clay Sewell
  • Ken Morris
  • Nick Shriner
    Key Cast
  • Gustavo Cordero
    Key Cast
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    4 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2023
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    4,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Ian Clay Sewell

Ian Clay Sewall is a Canadian based in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA from Antioch University and his stories have appeared in Soundings East, Santa Ana River Review, The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, Canadian Notes and Queries, and elsewhere. His films have won awards in both the US and Canada.

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Director Statement

Palomino began for me on a guided horse tour in Burbank. I grew up on a remote farm in rural Canada, and we had horses and cows, and I always loved the animals. To find horses in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles was a discovery of joy because I found myself connected to home.

I was struck by something Gustavo, our guide, said after the tour—he said that he slept near the horses. His close proximity to the animals was a revelation, and I thought there could be a fictional narrative inspired by his guided tour. I met with Gustavo and crafted a narrative short script out of our mutual affection for horses. Part of this process included my imagining—I imagined that for some tourists who rent a horse, the transaction might be more pragmatic. I imagined the contrast, the juxtaposition between Gustavo’s love for these animals. My intention was to create a film that highlights the differing feelings about and from a Hollywood tour horse. The film wrestles with identity: how we see, how horses might perceive us, and how relationships have moments of both connection and disconnection.

Stylistically, I chose the anamorphic frame and vivid colors to illuminate the textures and to emotionally bring us closer to Gustavo, the horse, and lush landscape.

I was guided with the less is more axiom. I chose to film in a minimalist and subtle way because of the gentle spirit of this animal.