Exclusive clip: “Unbranded”

Ahead of its North American theatrical release on Friday (September 25), realscreen presents an exclusive clip of Phillip Baribeau's wild mustang doc Unbranded, which picked up the Audience Award at Hot Docs in April.
September 24, 2015

Since bowing at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival this past April and then picking up the Toronto fest’s Audience Award, Phillip Baribeau’s Unbranded - which follows four young college grads shepherding a herd of 16 wild mustangs from Mexico to Canada - has been described as a cross between The Hangover and a National Geographic natural history doc.

The five-month journey, which spanned five states and 3,000 miles, was intended to bring awareness to the 50,000 wild horses living in holding pens in the American West, and to encourage adoptions. But alongside the doc’s message of animal welfare and conservation is a compelling – and often comedic – story about friendship, adventure and our interdependence with nature.

In this exclusive clip shared with realscreen, the group’s plans are thrown into disarray when a cantankerous donkey that answers to no one joins the journey north to Canada.

Unbranded was exec produced by Cindy Meehl (Buck) and produced by Dennis Aig (Guide Season). The film is being released in U.S. theaters and on VOD by Gravitas Ventures on Friday (September 25), and will also hit Canadian theaters via Mongrel Media the same day.

UK distributor Dogwoof has taken the global rights to the doc, excluding North America.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.