Talking to the Air - Documentary
The latest contribution by Horsefly Films to equestrian film culture, TALKING TO THE AIR: The Horses of the Last Forbidden Kingdom, takes us not only to the top of the world but blows the tops of our heads off once we get there, drawing us into a land beyond time and the medieval culture of Mustang in Nepal along the border of China. This is the Shangri-La of horsedom, where wealth is measured in hooved gold and the quality of a man and his history is reflected in the honor he shows to his herd. As deftly as its horses negotiate Mustang’s mountainous terrain, this film carries you through an ancient landscape still raw in unpolluted beauty and home to a culture simple in materials but rich in spirit, reminding us once again that the history of the horse is forever parallel to our own. The stable doors of this forbidden kingdom have been flung open. Enter and let TALKING TO THE AIR lift you up and carry you away.
(L.A. Pomeroy, Equinista. Contributing Editor: Elite Equestrian)
Dogstar – Debut Feature Film
There is a lilting grace to this low-budget indie from Zero Pictures, a company known for producing hip, lurid movies on a shoestring -- no, make that an aglet -- budget. Director Sophie Pegrum makes a pleasingly sensuous debut with this tale of a reclusive artist and his junkie girlfriend, billed as a sort of rustic Colorado update of O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi. Pegrum has a good eye for sensuous detail (from goldfish to camels), and the minor-key underpinnings of the score are woven nicely throughout. It's good work, especially considering that it was made for about the cost of a Ford Escort. (Gregory Weinkoff – New Times)
This well-crafted, winsome fairy tale by British writer-director Sophie Pegrum shot on 16mm in the enchanted forests of Colorado, thoroughly belies both its first-feature status and its reportedly microscopic budget of $10,000. Much of the conventional story telling is sacrificed in favor of a weird, otherworldly quality reminiscent of director Alison MacLean, or Jane Campion. Definitely a new voice in danger of slipping beneath everyone's radar.
(Paul Cullum – LA Weekly)
We’re grading on the curve here, for this entry in Laemmle’s indie series was made on not so much as a shoestring, but more of a frayed thread: $10,000. Still, first-time writer-director Sophie Pegrum has done remarkably well, getting far more than her money’s worth in style and skill onto the screen, abetted by Jaime Reynoso’s photography, amazing for the price.
(Charles Britton – RAVE Magazine)
Path to Glory – Documentary
The movie Path to Glory is a beautiful worldwide tribute to Polish history and traditions. I highly appreciate your commitment to propagating the unique cultural phenomenon of the Polish Arabian Horse. Images depicting crucial moments in Poland’s history incorporated in the film make the work ever more valuable.
(Radoslaw Sikorski - Minister of Foreign Affairs Poland - in a letter to the filmmakers)
It is debatable whether Sophie and Jen are horsewomen or filmmakers first. They have so effortlessly bound the art of latter with the beauty of the former that there are no clear lines of distinction. Their films capture the magic of the Arabian horse like no other and having produced a number of world-class featurettes, Path to Glory: The Rise & Rise of the Polish Arabian Horse is their first feature-length film on the Arabian horse, and one that is long overdue.
(Samantha Mattocks – Editor, Arabian Magazine)
Of Gods and Kings – Documentary
Horsefly Films understands the implication of allowing the Skyros Horse to disappear, which is why "Of Gods and Kings" is the first in its Rare Equine Breed Series of half hour documentaries presenting thoroughly researched, historically accurate, visually compelling and eminently quotable films arguing in defense of saving the world's endangered breeds. One cannot learn the story of the Skyros Horse without agreeing with Horsefly's producers that history, and we as its curators, owe a debt to the horses of Hercules: “These horses, which should be celebrated as a Greek National Treasure, are an integral part of who we are and who we become. The debt to history remains.” It's time we turn our faces, if not to the sun, than certainly to this film.
(L.A. Pomeroy, - Equinista/Journalist)