Wild Texas Short Films


Last night, I arrived at Stanley’s Farmhouse in Austin at sunset.  My mission was to enjoy a few short films being screened by Ben Masters.  The sun lit up the clouds in bright orange just over the trees of the farm.  I found the pavilion and pizza restaurant where the screening was taking place, and took a few photos before enjoying the films.  The most publicized film was called Pronghorn Revival, and was about relocating Pronghorns to ranches near Marfa Texas.  My favorite film of the night was called A Backcountry Recovery, and was a story about how horses and a 1,000 mile long horse trip brought meaning into the life of Ray Knell, a Green Beret and Afghanistan war veteran.  His goal was to use animals, nature, and physical activity to inspire other veterans to find help with the affects of PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  These films made for a great evening at a small piece of a working Texas ranch.

“Life is very, very short. It’s up to you to fill the book of life with beautiful and interesting chapters.” – Veteran Ray Knell










President Obama at SXSW


Getting near the Presidential Motorcade is probably the closest I will ever get to President Obama.  The Presidential Limo was looking pretty good today.  It was reported that he stopped for some Torchy’s Tacos in South Austin on his way to the SXSW event at the Long Center.  The crowds were out in force this afternoon, along with a few protesters and tons of security.  There were police motorcycles, vehicles, horses, foot patrol, boats, and helicopters.  President Obama then took off across an empty 1st Street Bridge on his way to the next event of the day.



Unbranded (on Netflix)


Good news.  The documentary called “Unbranded” is available to watch on Netflix for now.  As per a description on their website, “Four young Cowboys hatch an outrageous plot to adopt, train, and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada through the wildest terrain of the American West.”  This is one of my favorite documentary movies I saw this year, so see it while you can if you have a Netflix account.  This is a good activity if you find yourself with some downtime over the Holidays, and I am totally enjoying the opportunity to view it again!