Jen Miller - Co-founder of Rare Equine Trust
Jen is a filmmaker whose career has taken her from Hollywood blockbusters to independent cinema. Cutting her teeth on "Forrest Gump", Jen’s subsequent inauguration in the film business was producing a feature film for MGM, on which she also served as Music Supervisor and Creative Director for the publicity campaign, overseeing key art one-sheet and trailer production. She was nominated for a Key Art Award as Copywriter and Creative Director for her efforts.
Over the next several years, Jen directed and produced music videos for MTV through her own production company. As a music supervisor she put together the soundtracks for several feature films for Miramax and MGM films and also free-lanced as a music supervisor, producing music for films, commercials, trailers and TV series. As a screenwriter, her screenplays have won honors in the Sundance writing program and have been optioned and produced by companies such as Columbia Tristar and Stormworks entertainment.
Jen's first novel “Billy Bones” was a semifinalist in the 2011 Amazon Next Great Novel contest in which publishers proclaimed " This is great stuff! ... Whatever the nature of the story unfolding, I am willing to follow".
Jen co-founded Horsefly Films with filmmaker Sophie Pegrum. Together they produced the critically- acclaimed documentary “Path to Glory” and now the ongoing series of RARE films under their Rare Equine Trust banner.
Sophie Dia Pegrum - Co-founder
n the 1990s Sophie fell in with a band of renegade filmmakers in Los Angeles who who were shooting films regardless of constraint. Sophie wrote several features and ended up directing her debut 16mm feature for under $10,000. Over a two week shoot with a talented AFI grad as her first DP, she had a crash course in filmmaking, and she has never looked back. Critics praised the film “Dogstar” saying “There is a lilting grace to this low-budget indie". "Director Sophie Pegrum has a good eye for sensuous detail” and “This well-crafted, winsome fairy tale by writer-director Sophie Pegrum has an otherworldly quality reminiscent of Australian director Jane Campion. Definitely a new voice in danger of slipping beneath everyone's radar. “
Her debut feature was equivalent to an instant film school immersion, and she continued to deploy her skills as a writer and cinematographer while simultaneously working as a producer and video editor on various documentaries and commercials. She wrote a range of screenplays: “Matadora”, a story about a female bullfighter; “My Best Friend Joe” for one of Elvis’s longtime friends and '“The King is Dead” - a film about an Elvis impersonator. “Billy Bones”, penned with a writing partner won Scriptapalooza, a renowned screenwriting competition.
Her next major venture was in 2006, when she went to the Antarctic on a National Science Foundation grant as documentary filmmaker with a team of artists. She directed and shot a documentary ”77 Below” about renowned artist Lita Albuquerque and her unprecedented sculptural installation on the Ross Ice Shelf. Later Sophie traveled to the North Pole as the filmmaker and photographer in residence on Russian Icebreaker, Yamal, documenting the second half of Lita’s global artistic endeavor.
Sophie also co-directed and lensed the award winning documentaries "Daughters of the Curved Moon", “Pink Tiffany” and “Rubina by Night shot in remote villages in West Nepal and in the bustling city of Kathmandu.
Sophie is also a painter, and shoots the film footage for Horsefly Films and the Rare Equine Trust.