Announcing a few of the films that will be shown at the 2019 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 28-February 2, 2019. More films and screening locations, dates and times are still to be determined: more information coming soon.
EVERYTHING IN THE SONG IS TRUE (2016)
A feature-length documentary film of four iconic western characters: Gary McMahan, a renowned cowboy singer, poet, and national champion yodeler - Brice Chapman, one of America’s most talented trick ropers and horse trainers; Yvonne Hollenbeck, a third generation ranch wife and award winning poet & quilt maker; and Jeff Nourse, a rancher, singer-songwriter and expert iron sculptor. Directed by Doug Morrione, produced by Nick Goldfarb and Doug Marrione of Main Street Media. (1 hour, 20 minutes) https://www.everythinginthesongistrue.com/
FILMS FROM NORTH OF THE 49th
Join us for an hour of Canadian short films about cowboying, rodeo and rural life, hosted by Canadian director Kristin Catherwood. Corral (1954), directed by Colin Low, shows the process of rounding up wild horses, lassoing one of the high-spirited animals in the corral, then taking a glorious plunging ride across the spectacular Rocky Mountain foothills of Alberta. Bronco Busters (1946), produced by Laurence Hyde, takes viewers from round-up time to the Calgary Stampede and its roping, bronco-busting, bulldogging and chuck-wagon racing competitions. Ride (2017), directed by Kristin Catherwood, follows Liam Marshall, a teenage bareback rider, as he prepares for competition. Also featured are three films from filmmaker Scott Parker’s The Grasslands Project (2015), a series of short films based on themes generated by southern Saskatchewan communities.
HOME ON THE RANGE (2017)
The story of the authorship, preservation and legacy of the song Home on the Range and the location where this "unofficial anthem" to the west was written, in Smith County, Kansas. The movie features Rance Howard, Buck Taylor, Darby Hinton, Skip Gorman, Mitch Holthus, Mark Mannette, the legendary rock band Kansas, Michael Martin Murphey, the Sons of the Pioneers, Jed Marum and many more. To-date the movie has won two prestigious awards: the Best Documentary at the Wild Bunch Film Festival in Willcox, Arizona, and the 2018 Western Heritage Award (Wrangler) as the best Docudrama by the National Cowboy and Western Museum in Oklahoma City. Directed by Ken Spurgeon and Lone Chimney Films in association with Sperra Studios. (duration unknown at this time)
THE RIDER (2018, Rated R)
Based on a true story, THE RIDER stars Brady Jandreau as a once-rising star of the rodeo circuit warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Written and directed by Chloé Zhao. Sony Pictures Classic studio. (140 minutes)