Colorado Cowboy: The Bruce Ford Story

Director: Arthur Elgort

Institute History


This is a portrait of an American icon, the cowboy, and specifically the story of a rodeo bronco rider, Bruce Ford, a five-time world champion and a legend in the sport. It is told simply and beautifully, both through extraordinary images. often in slow motion. and interviews, primarily with Ford himself. But this isn't journalism; this is art. Arthur Elgort is one of the leading fashion photographers of his generation, and to say he has a developed sense of aesthetics, of the visual, of the play of light and shadow is a complete understatement. The film captures vibrantly the world of rodeo, of the West and of the people who inhabit this landscape it is a film, as the director says, of music, dialogue and movement, and is often absolutely mesmerizing.

In Colorado Cowboy, the standard cliché about visual poetry seems perfectly true, without any exaggeration. This study of a life formed from "dust, mud, white lines. blood and sweat" reestablishes a romantic archetype. and Bruce Ford fills the bill. His bareback riding is a mixture of grace, fury, explosiveness and control. And the culture and pageantry of the rodeo are elegantly and stylistically captured Brilliant black-and-white photography by cinematographer Morton Sandtroen expressively documents Ford's life and his universe, from the arena to the back roads, from his face to his eight-second struggle on a horse. Colorado Cowboy reaffirms values that are part of our past, yet stili relevant to our present. both in terms of character and fleshing out Icons As the second Installment in Elgort's series on American heroes (following the success of Texas Teno,. The Illinois Tangent Story), it is an intimate, clear-cut vision as natural and honest as its subject, a must for anyone Interested in the way we view heroes today.

Saturday Jan 22 10:20 pm
Holliday Village Cinema II

Monday Jan 24 9:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre

Wednesday Jan 26 7:20 pm
Holiday Village Cinema II

Saturday Jan 29 1:20 pm
Holliday Village Cinema II


— Geoffrey Gilmore

Screening Details

Sundance Film Festival Awards


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