Scott MacDonald referenced Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash’s daring and important documentary project Sweetgrass during his visit to UnionDocs in December. The film premieres theatrically this week at Film Forum Purchase Buy Buy . The opening night is Wednesday, January 6th. Castaing-Taylor and Barbash will be holding Q&A’s following the 7:50 pm screenings on Friday and Saturday (1/8 & 1/9).
A paean to the waning world of the Old West, SWEETGRASS captures modern cowboys’ overland journey, wrangling thousands of sheep, as they move across Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, amid sweepingly dramatic vistas and endless skies. Wife and husband filmmakers / anthropologists Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor spent three summers high in the Rockies among the herders and their charges to chronicle this extraordinary 200-mile journey. A strikingly beautiful film, SWEETGRASS is at once funny, awe-inspiring and endearing. At first the passive, fuzzy sheep seem utterly adorable; over time we come to empathize with the exasperated cowboy who screams profanities at this sea of stubborn, bleating beasts over which he struggles to reign. Buy
“A one-of-a-kind experience. At once epic-scale and earthbound, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash’s startling doc plays like a mad cross between Howard Hawks’ RED RIVER and an anthropological account of vanishing nomadic traditions, with a dash of Tex Avery’s DRAG-ALONG DROOPY.” – Ronnie Scheib, Variety
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“Impressive, bracing, majestic… You enter a sort of trance. Only thus, perhaps, can we begin to glimpse the rhythm that has, for more than a century, governed these hard, skillful, good-humored American lives, and which has itself been cut short.” – Anthony Lane, how much nolvadex should i take for my pct The New Yorker