Judas Horse

After her father is savagely beaten at the family lumberyard, Paula Bacon returns home to Kaufman, Texas and takes on a local equine slaughter plant that brutalizes not just horses, but a small black neighborhood next door. Paula runs for mayor and wins, joining forces with Mary Nash, a local atheist, and Robert Eldridge, who lives behind the plant.

Against huge odds, they shut it down, exposing decades of good ol’ boy corruption and a trail of tainted horse blood running from their small East Texas town, through the state capital and all the way to Capitol Hill. Based on the true story in Forbes: “Texas Mayor Paula Bacon Kicks Some Tail.”

Creative Team

Vickery Eckhoff


Vickery Eckhoff is a New York City-based writer whose coverage of the horse slaughter trade has been at the forefront of an ongoing discussion by the news media, legislators, lobbyists, industry and the public. Vickery’s Forbes article on Paula Bacon (on which The Judas Horse is based) was the first to chronicle slaughter’s exploitation, not just of horses, but of small-town people and their way of life. Her story has been cited by lawmakers—from US congressmen to members of Parliament in Canada—looking to shut down this unregulated, predatory industry. Part of an extensive, popular series praised for its accuracy and research, Vickery’s writing has also exposed the pipeline of racehorses to slaughter, wild horse politics and roundups (for Forbes); billionaire welfare ranchers (AlterNet and Salon); and horse drugs and food hazards (Newsweek/The Daily Beast and the Huffington Post).

Eduardo Sanchez


Eduardo Sanchez was born in Cuba in 1968. He studied Television Production at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and received his BA in Motion Picture Production from the University of Central Florida in 1994. It was at UCF where Eduardo met his future Haxan Films partners and in 1998 he co-wrote, co-edited and co-directed THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. He also designed and built the original BLAIRWITCH.COM website and co-directed the TV special CURSE OF THE BLAIR WITCH for the SciFi Channel.

Eduardo directed the alien-abduction feature film ALTERED in 2005 and the China-ghost film SEVENTH MOON in 2009, starring Amy Smart. He then wrote, directed and edited the psychological horror film LOVELY MOLLY in 2012 and co-directed the zombie short film A RIDE IN THE PARK that was part of the anthology film V/H/S/2 released in 2013. His latest film, the Bigfoot found footage film EXISTS, premiered at SXSW 2014, winning the audience award in the Midnighters section. His next film will be SEVENFOLD for Blumhouse, scheduled to shoot in 2016.

In television, Eduardo just directed an episode of SUPERNATURAL for CW and his fourth episode of the El Rey series FROM DUSK ‘TIL DAWN with executive producer Robert Rodriguez. He was one of the lead writers on the 2014 ABC series THE QUEST and directed the first four episodes of the Glen Morgan (THE X-FILES) BBC America series, INTRUDERS, which premiered in 2014. He is currently writing a pilot for STARZ with his partner Gregg Hale and Cuban filmmaker Alejandro Brugues (JUAN OF THE DEAD).

He lives with his wife, Stefanie, their three children, Bianca, Lucas and Lennon, and a ridiculously large Star Wars collection in Urbana, Maryland.

Adam Scherr


Adam Scherr is the co-founder of Nous Entertainment where he drives the creative vision for the production company and its film and storytelling projects. Adam leads the development of strategic and philanthropic partnerships for the company, helping to align entertainment with impact. His diverse background in business management, media relations, social causes, film and theater brings a cross-disciplined approach to managing Nous Entertainment and its mission.

Adam is the co-writer, director and producer of “Proud Mary,” a biographical film currently in pre-production. He is also serving as producer of the films “Griffin’s Ghost,” and “Judas Horse,” which is based on a true story. Adam is also the co-creator of the television series, “Savage Manor,” which is currently in development.

Throughout his career, Adam has successfully directed teams and organizations to bring complex topics and stories to life. As a National Media Director for a Pulitzer Prize-winning organization, Adam led a team of 60 health writers helping them navigate the wild west of health journalism and editorial comment for the owner of The Christian Science Monitor.

He has extensive experience facilitating business culture turnarounds for a client roster that includes an international church, film-makers and professionals across many industries. Among his most prized accomplishments is founding Infinitee Kids Corp., a high-end children’s apparel line carried by Barneys, FAO Schwarz and hundreds of retailers across the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Adam lives in New Jersey with his wife, two boys and dogs.

Suzan Binder

Executive Producer

Suzan Binder, Co-Founder and Chef de Cuisine, is the creative and energetic force behind Nous Entertainment. Ms. Binder’s tireless commitment to artistic pursuits and her cause-centric interests serve to drive the creative direction of the company and its partnerships.

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