Fri, Oct 14|
Inspired Minds Art Center
"Cowboys, A Documentary Portrait": Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A
“People don’t understand that Cowboys even exist. They don’t even know that this part of the world exists.” — IRA WINES- SPAINISH RANCH, TUSCARORA, NEVADA
Time & Location
Oct 14, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Inspired Minds Art Center, 121 Main St, Buda, TX 78610, USA
About the Event
Cowboys not what you do, it's who you are, you know, it's just something in ya. — GREG SNOW YP RANCHES NEVADA
Told in the cinematic tradition of classic westerns, this feature-length documentary (October 2019) offers the opportunity to ride alongside modern working cowboys on some of America's largest and most remote cattle ranches. COWBOYS documents the lives of the men and women working on "big outfit" cattle ranches - some of which are over one million acres - and still require a crew of horseback workers to tend large herds of cattle.
Q&A w/ Filmmakers following the screening
Drinks sponsored by Thirsty Planet and Argus Cidery
All ages welcome
Feel free to BYOB
"The thing about the best works of art is that they are hard to describe with words. This film is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. It takes you to some of the deepest, most isolated parts of America and shows you the people that live and work there in a unimaginably intimate way. The title, “A Documentary Portrait” nails it. A perfect description of the living, breathing portrait of today’s working Cowboys.
The film is a journey through the seasons on 10 different ranches that are some of the biggest in the country. They range in size from several 100 thousand acres to millions of acres. There is no narration, which adds to the authenticity. There are no outside voices just the Cowboys and their families telling their stories.
There is no mythical, romance here. These are today’s working Cowboys doing their job, caring for cattle. There are no polished edges. The film shows it all. From the last breathes of a dying calf to a father telling of the loss of his children. And with all the sacrifices shown, they all are incredibly thankful for being able to do what they do. They have a love for their work that is indescribable. “Its who we are, its what we are, its clicks in the body and soul, its just in you.” These are the phrases that keep getting repeated, as they try to explain when there is no explanation. It is just who they are. You might as well take off their limbs as take away their work."
DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY
An award-winning director and cinematographer based in Texas, Bud Force has been involved in the agriculture industry most of his life. Bud is a former rodeo cowboy who splits his time working on ranches and directing documentaries and brand films around the world.
Austin-based photographer John Langmore is a former working cowboy who spent five years photographing twelve of the largest ranches in the United States for his new book “Open Range – America’s Big Outfit Cowboy,” published by Twin Palms Publishers. Available here.
Felicitas Funke was born in Northern Germany and has spent decades studying and writing about the American West. In 2000, she published and wrote the book, “Gathering Remnants - a Tribute to The Working Cowboy.” and currently serves as the associate publisher of "Big Life Magazine" in Ketchum, Idaho.
Jeffrey Brown has produced award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America, playing festivals (Sundance, IDFA, SXSW, Rotterdam, Tribeca) and released internationally (Netflix, HBO, Showtime, PBS, ESPN, AMC).
Lucas Harger is an Emmy award-winning editor whose film and commercial projects include “The Road through Warroad,” a nationally broadcast documentary for NBCSN, as well as a Silver YDA award for “Sleep Well my Baby” at the Cannes Film Festival.
General Admission$10.00Tax: +$0.82 Tax