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  • John McDonald, Director/Producer
  • Nina Schwanse, Director

three mules carrying loads are led by a man

About the Project

A 72-year old man has been roaming the western United States and living outside with his pack mules for over three decades. Despite arrests and incarcerations, he keeps on fighting to maintain his nomadic lifestyle in today’s mechanized world.

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To donate by CHECK, make it payable to: International Documentary Association (on the "Memo" line write MULE). Mail directly to:

International Documentary Association,
Fiscal Sponsorship Program,
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1810,
Los Angeles, California 90010

Donors will receive a receipt from the IDA.

NOTE:  As is his wish, John Sears and the 3 Mules are not participating, working or in association in any fundraising, marketing or production of this independent film, nor will he receive any financial benefit from the sale of this movie.  It would go against his core personal values to do so.