In 2013, filmmaker Ben Masters, three of his friends, and 16 wild mustangs journeyed across 3,000 miles of some of the most rugged and uncompromising territory in the American West. This audacious trek—to inspire adoptions of wild horses and burros—has since inspired Ben to help others on their own journeys. Hear Ben share inspiring stories from the road and watch clips from his documentary Unbranded. The film, directed by Phillip Baribeau, tracks this journey from the Mexican to Canadian border to inspire adoptions of the 50,000 wild horses and burros living in government holding pens. There’s a public lands war raging in the American West over ranching rights, wildlife habitat, oil, wilderness protection, and resources. Wild horses—symbols of the American West—have now also become symbols of a controversial question: How do we want our public lands and wildlife to be managed?
National Geographic photographer and filmmaker KEITH LADZINSKI follows the trail of adventure, climbing and filming spires in Antarctica, karsts in China, and a wild jungle tower in French Polynesia. His footage captures the beauty and wonder (and incredible geology) of places that few people ever visit. Keith also documents climate change in America’s national parks, highlighting the need to protect our planet and its vital ecosystems. He covers all this and more in his new, live talk "Total Exposure."