is a film in development (45 min., b&w and color, HD/Super 16mm) by choreographer and equestrian Paula Josa-Jones and filmmaker Alla Kovgan that explores the human/horse connection. HERD is a documentary journey tracing the arc of relationship intertwining horse and human, told in the language of dance, movement and touch.

Alla Kovgan (filmmaker) is a Boston-based filmmaker born in Moscow. Her films have been presented worldwide including at Sundance, Rotterdam, Toronto, Melbourne, Durban, Oberhausen, Clemont-Ferrand, MOMA, Louvre, Centre Pompidou, PBS (US), ZDF (Germany) and numerous others. Alla's most recent film NORA (2008), her collaboration with the British filmmaker David Hinton, is a poetic biography of the Zimbabwean choreographer Nora Chipaumire. NORA has been an official selection of over 80 festivals, received 23 awards and will be broadcast on PBS in 2010. Her two most recent documentaries are Emmy-nominated "Traces of the Trade" (2007) and “My Perestroika” (2009) which premiered at Sundance and on P.O.V. (PBS). In 2009, Alla was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and a Brother Thomas Fellowship for artists working at a high level of excellence and creativity.

photos: Jeff Anderson