Mr. Burns Strikes Again
If you've ever had your soul melted by one of those equine-charity fliers with a gorgeous horse on it saying "Please Help Me" in big, red, piteous letters, this is the night for you. Tonight's screening of Wild Horses & Renegades unveils the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's recent annihilation of the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, courtesy of former Montana Republican senator/Abramoff crony/casual racist caricature Conrad Burns. He snuck a rider into the 2005 Appropriations Act that authorized the BLM to sell "excess" animals -- burros, horses and mules -- from federal lands without limitation. "Excess," of course, is only one of bureaucracy's latest hit parade of euphemisms -- it really means "wild," and in response, director James Kleinert has created a documentary on the subject that's hosted by Peter Coyote, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson and Viggo Mortensen. There are interview segments with past and present government officials, Native American concerns and those representing the legal arguments opposing Burns' misdeeds against that traditional symbol of free America -- the wild horse -- one feels instinctively is worth saving. What's next -- California condor on the menu at KFC? Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Bldg., USC School of Cinematic Arts., 900 W. 34th St.; Wed., Jun. 6, 7 p.m.; free. (213) 740-8358, cinema.usc.edu. -
Wed., June 6, 7 p.m., 2012
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