Told in the cinematic tradition of classic westerns, this feature-length documentary (Summer 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.
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 and the challenges that lie ahead for the cowboys and ranches critical to providing the world's supply of beef.
Filmed on locations across the American West, COWBOYS features historic ranches in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada.
Directed by Bud Force and John Langmore and creative produced by Felicitas Funke, COWBOYS is a 1922 Films original in association with Ultralite Films.
An award-winning filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, Bud Force is a former bull rider who has been involved in agriculture most of his life. After graduating from Texas A&M University, he has spent the past decade directing and producing documentary shorts and brand films.
John Langmore is a former "big outfit" working cowboy who spent five years photographing cowboys on twelve of the country’s largest ranches for a project soon to be released as a book: “Open Range – America’s Big Outfit Cowboy.”
Creative Producer Felicitas Funke was born in Northern Germany and has spent decades studying and writing about the American West for various esteemed American and German publications. In 2000, she published and wrote a book on cowboys, “Gathering Remnants - a Tribute to The Working Cowboy.” Felicitas is a member of the Funke Media Group of Germany and associate publisher of "Big Life Magazine" in Ketchum, Idaho.
Coming Spring 2019