Herd In Iceland

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Herd in Iceland

Documentary Short from Iceland
English and Icelandic with subtitles

Length: 28 minutes
Screens: Saturday, March 1: Block 1

Directed By: Lindsay Blatt & Paul Taggart
Produced By: Lindsay Blatt

Herd In Iceland is a documentary about the annual round-up of the Icelandic horse, isolated for centuries by the country’s oceanic borders. Herd In Iceland began filming in the fall of 2010, when Lindsay Blatt and Paul Taggart traveled to Iceland to document the Icelandic herders as they collected their horses across the island’s remote terrain. During the summer months, the horses live a wild existence, grazing in the highlands and raising their young. Each fall, they are rounded up by local farmers and directed across the stunning landscape. This valued tradition is a social and cultural touchstone for both the farmers who own the horses and the city dwellers who travel to the countryside to participate. The horse holds a precious place in Icelandic culture, art and tradition; for over 1,000 years Icelandic law has prohibited the importation of horses onto the island. By telling the story of this annual journey, Herd in Iceland captures the symbolism behind the horses and the nation they represent.

Lindsay and Paul filmed from land and air, foot and hoof across the vast Icelandic landscape, following and living with the herdsmen. Lindsay Blatt works as a photo editor at The New York Times and is the owner of Archerfish Productions. Paul Taggart is a photojournalist and cinematographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, and National Geographic Adventure.

Awards Won
2013 Black Hills Film Festival – Best Documentary Short
2013 Heartland Film Festival – Festival Winner
2013 Bend Film Festival – Best Documentary Short
2013 L.A. Femme Film Festival – Best Animal Rights Film
2013 Equus Film Festival – Best International Documentary
2013 Louisville International Festival of Film – Best Documentary Short
2014 Praxis Film Festival – Audience Choice Award, Best Documentary Short
2014 Oxford Film Festival – Best Documentary Short


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