Call Me Mule

Call Me Mule

25th TiDF: World Premiere

John Sears, who calls himself Mule, has been roaming the western United States with his three mules for over thirty years. The 65-year-old and his animals sleep outside, claiming the right to move freely. Despite arrests and incarcerations, he keeps on fighting to maintain his nomadic lifestyle. An incredible story of persistence in the face of thoughtless progress, this is the personal Odyssey of a lonesome cowboy, a modern Don Quixote that prompts us to reconsider our way of life – moving away from romanticism but moving closer to nature.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TiDF25

Direction: John McDonald, Nina Schwanse
Cinematography: John McDonald
Editing: Nina Schwanse
Sound: Dave Howe
Music: Jeff Kazor
Producers: John McDonald
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 94'
Contact: John McDonald Productions

John McDonald


1970 Purgatory (short fiction)
1971 Cotton Eyed Joe (short)
1978 We Were Just Too Young (short)
1979 Women, Drugs & Alcohol (short)
1982 The Youngest Victim (TV)
2009 The Ghost Mountain Experiment
2011 On the Day
2015 Pipes & Sticks on Route 66
2023 Call Me Mule

Nina Schwanse


2023 Call Me Mule