Bud Force: co-director and cinematographer for “Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait,” a feature film world premiering october, 25, 2019 at the Austin Film Festival


Directed by Bud Force and John Langmore, “Cowboys” is a feature-length documentary film that offers 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 "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.

“Cowboys” was produced by 1922 Films, which was founded by Force and Langmore with creative producer Felicitas Funke, and the film was edited by Emmy-award winning editor Lucas J. Harger.

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.

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 the 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.