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The West

A documentary about Western folklife, cowboy poets, and the American frontier.

Overview

Genre
Culture, Cultural History, Environment, Nature, and Society
Synopsis

This is an in-progress feature documentary about Western folklife, cowboy poets, and the American frontier. Pushing boundaries of documentary style, the film complements spoken poetry with artfully devised tableaus and landscapes that visualize the narrative themes of the poems, evincing stories of hardship and perseverance in today’s ranch culture. Surrounding this, interviews with folklorists, musicians, ranchers, and the cowboy poets themselves create an educational and historical context for this exploration, forming insightful ruminations on the West: not just a place or a moment in history, but a state of mind. Among all that seriousness, the cowboy’s lighter side will manifest in live performances and profiles from famous Western musicians, and comedic monologues from legends in Western folklore. Release is planned for sometime in 2018.

Stage
in post-production

Credits

  • H. Paul Moon ... Filmmaker
  • Brad Winegar ... Cinematographer
  • Josh Coffey ... Composer
  • Shang Ik Moon ... Cinematographer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Zen Violence Films
Country
United States
Years of Production
2012-2018
Locations
Altenburg, MO; Elko, NV; Dry Crik, CA; Dallas, TX

Distribution Details

Release year
2018
Language
English
Subtitles
English

Photos

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