In this episode, Julianne takes a quick break to speak with Wren Winfield, director of the Lady Long Rider film featuring Bernice Ende. In her incredible memoir, Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback we are introduced to Bernice, a solitary figure with the daunting goal of traveling from Montana to New Mexico in a single ride. At the age of 50, Bernice turned south into the unknown and began her first voyage on the way to becoming a world-class long rider. Since that fateful decision she hasn't looked back. Accompanied by her horses and an exceptional dog named Claire, Ende has logged more than 29,000 miles in the saddle, crisscrossing North America and beyond.
Wren, founder of W+E1 Productions, has taken 2 seemingly different career paths in her life: Filmmaker and Healer. With W+E1 she is merging her 2 passions, and literalizing the term 'healing arts ' by making films that she hopes will convey ideas that heal. Wren went to graduate school for filmmaking at San Francisco State University in the late 80's. She won her first two film awards in the 'real world' while still in school.
Wren left film school when she scored her first 'real job' in the Industry, as an assistant editor of television commercials. She was one of the first people in San Francisco to be trained on the revolutionary technology of the Avid non-linear editing system. Having this skill during the dawn of the digital age kept her busy, and she eventually became a post-producer for a San Francisco edit house where they finished commercials for Ad Agencies like Hal Riney, Foote, Cone & Belding, J. Walter Thomson, and others. Wren worked on hundreds of commercials including Levi’s, Taco Bell, Old Navy, the Sprint pin-drop shot by Tony Scott, and many more. That was her day job. By night, she worked on her own films. Wren obtained grants for, produced, directed, and edited two award-winning films: Period Piece (1996) and A Pregnant Moment (1999).
In 1997, Wren felt a different calling and returned to graduate school for a Master of Science in Chinese Medicine. She healed people for years with Acupuncture, and is now returning to her filmmaking roots to heal in a broader way.
To learn more about Wren Winfield, visit https://www.we-1.org/wren-winfield. For more about Bernice Ende and the Lady Long Rider film, visit https://www.ladylongrider.com.
To learn more about podcast host Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of Nature's View and The Marley Project, their equine and arts-based 501 (c)(3). You can also visit www.naturesview.us to schedule an appointment. A documentary about their work and films in the Natural Humanship Training Series, are available on The EQUUS Channel at https://filmfestivalflix.com/festival/equus/film/the-edge/. Julianne is the organizer of the Camden Tour Stop for the fest, so visit www.equusfilmfestivalcamden.com for a complete listing of activities and updates on a possible rescheduling of the spring event for the fall of 2020.
For more information about the festival or for links to the films and literature mentioned in the podcast, visit equusfilmfestival.net. To see the EQUUS films, visit https://horsenetwork.com/equus/.