Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay RodeoHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Roping and riding across North America, the International Gay Rodeo Association's courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals. Along the way, they’ll bust every stereotype in the book. The film tells the story of five members of the IGRA. From Wade Earp, a descendant of cowboy legend Wyatt Earp and one of the best competitors on the circuit, to Char Duran, a female bull rider who’s never won a buckle but seems determined to die trying, “QUEENS & COWBOYS” weaves the stories of its protagonists over the course of an entire rabble-rousing year. An unprecedented look at the strength it takes to be gay in the rural west, this film explores the many struggles threatening the IGRA and the gay community at large, how far society has come on the subject of gay equality, and how far we still have to go.
Heartfelt Look into Todays Cowboys/Cowgirls
Unbelievable film. I caught this at the east coast premier last April and again at the Tampa International Film Festival. Great cinematography and candid interviews. I compete on four different rodeo circuits and this film captures what rodeo is supposed to be about.... Family. 5 Stars to all those that compete on the IGRA circuit. The other rodeo circuits should definitely take note of your sportsmanship and compassion. This is the one film everyone should watch!
More than Bulls and Buckles!
This film is an impressive debut from first time director Matt Livadary. He has taken a subject that most people would think is a punch line to a really bad joke... (What you mean there really is such a thing as Gay Rodeo???) and make you realize what it takes to be tough in the new “Modern” west.
The storyline and visuals will take you on such an emotional journey that you will feel like you just got stomped by a bull!
You travel across the country and meet characters from all aspects of the IGRA. On your journey through the rodeo season you experience the challenges to put on the rodeo and the passion it takes to compete.
This film follows a few characters and storylines along the way but somehow all the stories intertwine and you end up rooting for or holding your breath for them as they compete. Although the main character (Wade Earp) is the kind of hero everyone can relate to, the supporting characters along the way make you fall in love with this group.
You see every challenge this group faces from coming out, sexual identity, adversity and even a simple theme as making ends meet. There is definitely someone in the film you can relate to and this film can’t help but make you cheer for them along the way.
You don’t have to be gay, a cowboy or even know a thing about the rodeo to love this film.
Kudos to Matt for taking a subject very few people even knew about and making us feel like we want to be part of THAT family.
Matt Livadary did a phenomenal job. The characters are captivating. The storyline is almost unbelievable. Even if you have no interest in rodeos, this will keep you hooked from start to finish. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry and when you finish the movie, you’ll be stunned by such an incredible story. Looking forward to more to come from Mr. Livadary.