Thursday, July 24, 2014

Documentary Filmmaking, Drones and Joseph Delappe

As part of documentary filmmaking this summer, I've been working on a film about drones in Nevada, what they mean, what they do, how we relate to them. One of the people I've been following is artist Joseph Delappe. This is in his studio in Stead, Nevada, where he keeps old and new work, and continually strives to make art to make us think about the world we live in.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Pony Express in Oklahoma's Black Rodeos

While filming for the Struggle and Hope web/documentary about Oklahoma's historical all-black towns, I discovered the Pony Express, a highly competitive horse relay race held at black rodeos across the state and in Texas as well. While purists scoff that the race isn't as difficult as other rodeo events, and has brought some scruffiness, new dangers on the dirt and street to pastoral rodeos, it is wildly popular in the stands. The racing started between just a few teams on old horses several decades ago, but has now evolved into a very fast competition with fully devoted pony express competitors, going from one rodeo to the next for prize money and their own betting. In this mini-documentary, the Country Boyz out of Spencer, Oklahoma compete in the Boley rodeo.


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