Told in the cinematic tradition of classic westerns, “COWBOYS - A Documentary Portrait” is a feature-length film that gives viewers the opportunity to ride alongside modern working cowboys on some of America's largest and most remote cattle ranches. The movie documents the lives of the men and women working on these "big outfit" ranches - some of which are over one million acres - and still require full crews of horseback mounted workers to tend large herds of cattle.
Narrated through first-hand accounts from the cowboys themselves, the story is steeped in authenticity and explores the rewards and hardships of a celebrated but misunderstood way of life, including the challenges that lie ahead for the cowboys critical to providing the world's supply of beef.
“COWBOYS” was filmed on eight of the nation’s largest cattle ranches across ten states in the American West.
DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY
John Langmore is a former working cowboy who spent five years photographing cowboys on twelve of the country’s largest ranches for his acclaimed new book “Open Range – America’s Big Outfit Cowboy,” published by Twin Palms Publishers.
An award-winning director and cinematographer based in Austin, Texas, Bud Force has been involved in the agriculture industry most of his life. Bud is a former rodeo cowboy who has spent the past decade directing brand films and documentaries around the world.
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.