Operation Wolf Patrol is a feature length documentary about eco-activist, Rod Coronado, and his attempt to end wolf hunting in the United States.
Over the course of three years we watch Rod work to redefine his activism in an era– post 9/11, where some have called him an “eco-terrorist.” The film comes to a climax when Coronado's "Wolf Patrol" is met with a tightening of "hunter harassment" laws that prohibit photography on public lands. Now Coronado has to ask himself is he willing to go back to prison to fight a law that some are calling "unconstitutional."
Joe Brown is a filmmaker and educator. His film work has been featured by festivals such as: The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the Birmingham Sidewalk Festival, the Dallas International Film Festival, the Milwaukee Film Festival, and the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. Brown's current production, Operation Wolf Patrol, has been featured by web platforms such as: TakePart.com, The DoDo, and the Earth Island Journal. Brown teaches video production at the University of Denver in Colorado.
AniFab judge's aggregate score for Operation Wolf Patrol is a 9 out of 10 with notes from one judges stating, "Powerful. It's great to see Rod on the next chapter in his journey. This judge is a sucker for people sharing stories about gross inequities perpetrated on animals. it takes balls to film it, and talent, skill and craft to weave it all into a compelling movie that needs to be seen, as Joe Brown and Operation Wolf Patrol does.'
Director Statement "Operation Wolf Patrol" is longitudinal film about the silencing of an activist group advocating against animal cruelty. When I set out to make the film I was concerned with environmental issues such as poaching, species conservation, and wildlife management. What I found in making the film was a turbulent political landscape characterized by extreme polarization, toxic masculinity, racism, and authoritarianism. When I look at "Operation Wolf Patrol" with this realization in mind I am struck by the fact that during the years I was filming, 2014 - 2018, I was documenting the unraveling of America at its fringes. Ultimately, this film represents 5+ years of work, a legal battle about free speech, and a changing America.
Meet Dot, the little wild horse foal! She is a Przewalski’s horse, the only true wild horse species of the world. Although the origin of this endangered species is in Mongolia, Dot lives in the heart of Europe, on the grassy plains of Hungary called the “Puszta”.
25 years ago some were introduced here and the wild horses instantly formed an organic connection with this magical land: today it is one of the world’s largest wild horse herd with 300 animals!
This is their story, told through the growing up of Dot. She has to learn the complicated relations within the wild horse society, sometimes through dramatic other times joyful events.
For three years, the filmmakers literally followed the footsteps of the ever-wandering herd focusing on one single wild horse foal and her family. They captured incredible and never-before-seen intimate moments from the secret life of these unique animals and the rich wildlife that surrounds them.
Zoltan Török grew up in rural Hungary where he spent most of his childhood and teenage years tramping in the nearby marshes and forests. He has been working in the tv and cinema industry for two decades producing mostly wildlife and nature related films as director, cameraman and producer for international channels including NatGeo.
Today he runs his own producing company called Wild Tales Productions. His films have been awarded close to hundred times on various film festivals around the globe and also generated heart-warming ratings on television world-wide. Main films: Cyanide Blues (2001) Parting Lands (2004) Otter Man (2007) Wild Hungary (2011) The Everglades (2015) Return of the Lemming (2016) Wild Horses (2021)
This is my personal homage to a unique land and its wildlife that I love so much. Also, this is my first feature length wildlife documentary for theatrical release. I wanted to show, (without anthropomorphization) that animals, wild horses in our story, are in fact individual characters.
AniFab judge's aggregate score for Wild Horses is 8.4 out of 10 with these notes from one judge, "Zoltan Török takes us on a real journey to a real magical place to witness the true characters at play on the Puszta. Brilliantly beautiful."
2021 Official #AniFab Monthly Selections
Animalis Fabula Film Festival official monthly selections have the opportunity to compete for monthly attention as well as inclusion in the annual live / virtual film festival in Austin, Texas and the end of year fundraising benefit for animal welfare.