OWC RADiO host Cirina Catania sits down with filmmaker John McDonald about his ten-year journey to film his latest documentary, “Call Me Mule,”the story of a man named John Sears, nicknamed “Mule,” who has lived a nomadic lifestyle for the past thirty years, traveling across the country with his three mules in tow. Living in harmony with nature, enjoying this beautiful United States on foot, and advocating against our country’s dependence on motorized transportation and urban sprawl, Mule finds his simple way of life threatened by those determined to uphold the establishment. Yet despite his many confrontations with law enforcement, he and his mules refuse to give up. “Call Me Mule” is a fascinating story about a man and his mules, living his life as he wants without concern for modern conveniences. He doesn’t need them.
John McDonald’s documentary has been accepted to many festivals around the world and has won Official Selection and Audience awards.
Watch the trailer for “Call Me Mule” here:
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ABOUT OUR HOST: Filmmaker Cirina Catania, the Co-Founder and prior Executive Director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Founder and Lead Creative at The Catania Group Global, has been involved as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer or marketing exec on over 150 film, television and new media projects for the big screen as well as for networks such as National Geographic, Discovery, etc. She was a senior executive at MGM-UA and United Artists and is a member of the WGA-West, the PGA, IATSE Local 600, NPPA, the National Press Club, and more. Cirina lives in San Diego, D.C. and Berlin when she is not on the road filming for her projects or for clients, or speaking as a tech evangelist for companies such as Blackmagic Design and Lumberjack System. Cirina is the Founder and Executive Director of the High Media Collective (HSMC) a national nonprofit with top industry mentors bringing media literacy and new career pathways to classrooms across the country.