Kristin McCracken: Music Fit for a Cowboy: Steve Poltz on the Soundtrack for Slamdance 2013's Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde
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“I always believed man doesn't have dominion over wildlife... instead, man has a responsibility to take care of all our fellow travelers on this earth.” -- Dayton O. Hyde
Suzanne Mitchell's directorial debut, the documentary Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde, will premiere on Sunday, January 19, at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film’s subject is an 87-year-old cowboy poet who has dedicated his life to saving wild horses on the land of the American West. In the late 1980s, Hyde founded the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs, South Dakota, which has grown into a 12,000-acre refuge where wild mustangs are allowed to run free, safe from the dangers of civilization.
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Running Wild is a starkly beautiful film, with majestic shots of the sanctuary in South Dakota, the Yamsi Ranch in western Oregon, and Hyde's family home in northern Michigan. At the same time, Hyde’s story is Forrest Gump-like in
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