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Cowboy Poets

by Mike Day Documentary Competition

The image of the heroic cowboy riding through the wide-open country dominates movies to this day. In COWBOY POETS, we learn about a lesser-known passion of American cowboys and cowgirls. Since 1985, poets, songwriters and musicians have come together at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada. British filmmaker Mike Day's "view from the outside" accompanies various cowgirls and cowboys who record their unique way of life in poems and songs and who, more than ever, have to ask themselves where their place is in today's world. The film shows their rough and ready everyday life as well as their creative work and combines this with breath-taking nature shots to create a piece of nostalgic "Americana".

About the director(s)

Mike Day is a Peabody Award-winning Scottish director and cameraman. The former solicitor founded the Intrepid Cinema production company in 2009 before shooting THE GUGA HUNTERS OF NESS (2011), his first documentary film for the BBC. This was followed by the multi award-winning THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES (2016), which screened at the ZFF in its Documentary Film Competition section and, among others, was nominated for a BAFTA. COWBOY POETS is his third feature-length documentary film.

Filmography (selection): Cowboy Poets (doc, 2022) | The Islands and the Whales (doc, 2016) | The Guga Hunters of Ness (doc, 2011)

About the director(s)
  • Genre: DOC: Arts & Culture
  • Country, Year: USA, UK, 2022
  • Runtime: 85 Min
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Director: Mike Day
  • Cinematography: Mike Day
  • Editors: Maya Hawke, Nicole Hálová, Mike Day
  • Sound: Marcelo de Oliveira
  • Music: Mike Day
  • Producers: Mike Day, Sue Turley, Louis Venezia, Leslie Finlay, Michael Y. Chow, Bonnie Buckner, Arcadiy Golubovich, Tony Hsieh, Roberto Grande, Mimi Pham, Kathryn Everett, Bryn Mooser
  • Production Company: Intrepid Cinema
  • World Sales: Cinephil
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