Could use a hand here- we’re putting the final touches on @theriverandthewall and I need a final musical piece to wrap it. There’s a scene in the movie with a bunch of whitewater paddling- high energy, exciting, really fun. Gets the blood pumping. It’s on the Rio Grande so a Borderey- Southwest vibe would be ideal, but not necessary. English or Spanish, new or old music, if you’ve got a song in your head that makes you smile and want to hit a class five rapid with a brewski in one hand flipping the bird with the other, then please comment below or put it into my borderlands Spotify. Thankya much. FYI we’re editing like mad to get this film out. #sendit #riogrande
Back in September when Luke stole the show at @rachel.pohl wedding and successfully accomplished a beer run to save @charles_post groom’s after party. good mustang right there! Pic: @shannonvandivier
To all my Dallas, TX folks- we’re premiering “Return of the Texas Bighorn” and launching the @wildfilmtour on Jan 15th. Got a whole new lineup of Texas wildlife, conservation, and adventure short films. Interesting speakers coming. Getcha some tix. 15 other TX venues to follow, link in bio. Big thanks to @yeti @texasparkswildlifefoundation @borderlandsresearchinstitute @kinglandwater @exploreranches for making this happen!
Two years ago I donated Mustang Simmie from @unbrandedthefilm to the Texas A&M cavalry to teach students how to ride. He’s done so well he’ll be playing at the Rose Bowl this year. I’ve never been this excited about a football game! Look for his mustang neck brand during the half time show. So proud! Whoop! @tamu_pmc @brthamer #unbranded #gigem #rosebowl
Dear @sentedcruz , I would like to extend a sincere invitation to you, your colleagues, and @realdonaldtrump to visit me on the US-Mexico Border. Look at these photos. Please allow me to show you the majesty of the Texas canyon country, the wildlife diversity of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and let me introduce you to some border folks, proud Americans that are deeply concerned about the proposed border wall that is currently shutting down our government. As you know, there’s already 600 miles of wall and “fence” on the 2,000 mile border, mainly in urban areas, and further wall construction will come at a great price. As one of your constituents who’s spent years of my life on the border and has traveled the entirety of it by foot, canoe, and horseback; it is my opinion that building a physical wall in rural parts of the state that only slows crossers down for 30-90 seconds is not an effective manner to address our immigration challenges, especially in places when border patrol response time is often hours. As a proud Texan and lover of wildlife, I don’t believe the “pros” outweigh the cons. If a contiguous wall is constructed, the feds will steal land from hundreds of Texans via Eminent Domain, block Texans from the fourth longest river in the continent (which we fought a war with Mexico for in 1848), and will cut apart our national parks, state parks, and wildlife refuges. It will exile hundreds of thousands of acres into a no-mans land between @theriverandthewall , destroy critical wildlife habitat, and essentially accomplish what Santa Anna attempted when Texans died the Alamo: extend the Mexican border north of the Rio Grande. Border apprehensions are at a 40 year low, more undocumented immigrants are overstaying visas than crossing illegally, the vast majority of hard drugs are crossing via official POEs, and I question the necessity of a physical wall with so many negative consequences. This is a sincere invitation to you @sentedcruz , your colleagues, and @realdonaldtrump . Please join me at the border. Let me show you the Rio. It’s one of the greatest parts of our country. Sincerely, Ben
Good times coming Texans! 2019 Wild Texas Film Tour is launched. We’ve got short films on Desert Bighorn, Texas’ only Wild &Scenic River, Attwaters Prairie Chicken, Border Wall wildlife impacts, a veteran hunting for peace, and some interesting speakers that are some of the best conservationists, photographers, and biggest characters in the state. We’re covering some tricky topics and feathers will be ruffled. Some are movies I made, others aren’t, but I have the honor of hosting most of the events. Dates and tix at the link. Very grateful to @texasparkswildlifefoundation @bri_srsu @kinglandwater and @exploreranches for making all this possible. Scroll right to see dates and locations- also, FYI El Paso, midland, and Tyler are in the works. #wildfilmtour
Pretty sure I’m turning into a camera trap junkie. It’s just the only way to get many wildlife shots. These axis and Whitetail shots are with a @reconyx_cameras an hour west of Austin,TX. They’re really cool but I’m looking to take it next level, get more technical, and start using some DIY DSLR high end camera traps, probably with Canon 5d3 or 5d4s. Do any of yall have any experience with custom camera traps with canon bodies? If so I’d love to pick your brain and learn from someone else’s mistakes over my own. #cameratrap #axisdeer #sisterdale .
This is the cover image of our Unbranded book, published by TAMU press. If you need a Christmas gift, the book is a series of short stories and photos ranging from how @tbglover saved a guy having a heart attack while shoeing our ‘stangs to losing all our horses in Utah’s Grand Staircase country. Great book for anyone who loves horses, the west, and questionable journeys. You can get it at unbrandedthefilm.com or Amazon. Thank you for taking the time to read my shameless promotion. Pic @coryrichards . #merrychristmas
RIP Ruby. One day, I hope to be half the man that you thought I was. Dog heaven got a new queen today and the deer here on earth are a whole lot safer. That ol leg that would never heal right finally got too toxic and too painful. She slept on the bed last night, ate a bacon egg sandwich for breakfast, mustered the energy for one last 3 legged deer chase, and went peacefully this morning at 1045 AM. We wrapped her in grandmas old quilt, tossed a south Texas buck antler in the grave, and buried her beneath a bull mesquite facing the setting sun. Thank you Ruby for all they joy you brought to our lives. To all of you who’ve got dogs, please take your dogs on a run for Ruby today and give em an extra treat. Cause damn does it hurt when they’re gone. #rip #loveyouruby #jacalon
So surreal. THANK YOU congressman @hurdonthehill @betoorourke and Senator Udall for being on our @bpc_bipartisan panel after our congressional screening of The River and The Wall in DC last night. I feel so grateful right now that a theater full of policymakers and staffers on both sides of the aisle gave 90 minutes of their life to genuinely want to better understand and see the border through our film. Feels really really good to know that if you make it they’ll actually come! Feeling very inspired right now to get back to the edit room, tie up the bows, and get the final version of @theriverandthewall out to the world. To everyone who helped make this film, thank you so much! I cannot wait to show it to all y’all. And yes @kgsmasters , I did get called out for having dried up horse poop on my boots while meeting with congressmen. #proudwife #grateful @jaykleberg @hillaryfierce
Flying to Washington DC today to show a preview of @theriverandthewall to some congressmen and their staffers. Huge thanks to @hurdonthehill and the Bipartisan Policy Center @bpc_bipartisan for helping us set this up and bring folks on both sides of the aisle. Unbelievably stoked to show them the flick and allow us to take them to the border! Feeling very grateful right now to all the people who helped make this happen. You know who you are. And yes, we’re editing like mad to get the final film done for all y’all. #theriverandthewall
That's my close pal @jaykleberg on my mustang Dinosaur in the Rio Grande. This photo is really cool and has absolutely nothing to do with what I'm about to describe. But if you're reading this and you're living in Texas, you probably wish you had more land access. Something like only 2% of the state is open to public access and it's just a hard place to live in if you like to roam the earth and see new country. Jay just started a new company that's called @exploreranches which allows you to go behind locked gates of some of the neatest parts of the state in which normally you just couldn't ever get access. Some of the properties are way too expensive for me but others are doable if you get a bunch of family and friends to pitch in, especially since they all come with places to stay. Good on ya Jay for connecting some dots to open up access for folk who love the outdoors. FYI he was also one of the masterminds behind Powderhorn Ranch, a 20k acre property right outside Houston that was acquired to become a State Park. He fights nature deficit disorder hard. I'm very intrigued to see if this idea of takes off like an Air BnB for land access.