Reality TV: A Jackass on the run and in the kitchen

by Hal Walter

Adding to the excitement of the upcoming pack-burro racing season was a visit by New York documentary filmmaker Trevor Velin and producer Meghan McGinley.

Trevor had contacted me about his idea to make a documentary film on Colorado’s only indigenous sport. Apparently he had read about pack-burro racing in a magazine and decided to check it out on his travels last year. I actually spoke to him following one of the races in 2008 but I was apparently in a hypoxic haze and barely remember the conversation. At any rate, Trevor decided the reality of a 29-mile race in which people run with burros up and down a rocky 13,187-foot pass was interesting and worthy of documenting on film.

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