Scene from the film Workhorse
Scene from the film Workhorse
Scene from the film Workhorse
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Selected by Jean McGlothlin, Director of Programming and Co-Director, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, for Recommended By...Festivals, a partnership with 11 film festivals from across both North and South America. With this collaboration we chart a course all along the map of the Americas as well as through the contemporary documentary scene.

"Gorgeously filmed in black and white which gave it a richtone. Remarkable animals whose existence impacts their environment and caretakers. This film is mesmerizing. Its pace is an extension of the characters' respect of one another and the land. Long artful fixed angle shots in black & white emphasize the old time nature of horse based farming. Meticulously constructed crisp textures and brilliant composition of each scene. Great music. These stories develop at their own pace; each interesting and compelling." - Jean McGlothlin

Workhorse follows three humans whose work and lives are deeply connected with their stoic equine partners. Filmed in beautiful black-and-white, this lyrical documentary reflects on and honours our ancient dependence on horse power.

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  • Sebastopol


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Cliff Caines
  • DOP
    Ryan A. Randall
  • Editing
    Cliff Caines, Roland Schlimme
  • Music
    Tom Third
  • Sound
    P. Jason MacNeill
  • Duration
    82 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Festivals
    • RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival, 2019
    • Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2020
    • DOK.fest Munich, 2020
    • Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, 2020
    • Equus International Film Festival, 2021
    • Kingston Canadian Film Festival, 2021 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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