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by Mike Day
The seemingly unlikely combination of cowboys and poetry come together during the American National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, happening since 1985. Through the written word, cowboys of the American West contend with their unique way-of-life. In the last years, they have been wrangling with their identity, environmental threats, and change. This documentary-Western offers an intimate look at the lives of these modern-day cowboys.
Directed by Mike Day
Produced by Mike Day - Intrepid Cinema, Susan Turley - XRM Media
Creative Producer: Joe Bin
With Copilot Films, XTR, Scottish Screen
Executive Producers: Michael Y. Chow, Bonnie Buckner, Arcadiy Golubovich, Tony Hsieh, Andy Hsieh, Bryn Mooser, Kathryn Everett, Justin Lacob, Leslie Finlay, Louis Venezia
Cinematography by Mike Day
Edited by Nicole Hálová, Mike Day
Sound Designer: Dario Swade
DIRECTOR - MIKE DAY
Mike Day is a Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated director, producer and cinematographer from Scotland. Originally trained as a lawyer, Mike made the transition into film in 2009 when he headed off into the Scottish Outer Hebrides on a boat with a camera and filmed the Guga Hunters of Ness. Supported by Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, CreativeEurope, Creative Scotland, Wellcome Trust, and the Danish Film Institute, Mike then made the feature documentary, The Islands and the Whales in the Faroe Islands. Released in 2016, the film has gone on to win awards including a Peabody Award, BAFTA and Emmy nominations. Mike’s films have been broadcast on POV on PBS, ARTE, ZDF, SVT, DR2, NRK, BBC, with theatrical releases in the UK, New York and Europe. Mike is also aSundance Creative Producing Lab and Sundance Sound and Music Lab fellow.
CAMDEN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2022〡ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL 2022〡BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2022
"A beautiful contemplation on poetry and the American West. This is a refreshing movie about the love of art and the West; people you wouldn’t typically expect to be poets or lovers of poetry, speak in elaborate verses."
- Big Sky Documentary Festival Jury Statement
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