The winner of the Documentary Feature Competition is selected by a jury.
Many consider rodeo to be a very macho tradition, but as Matt Livadary’s dynamic and charming documentary shows us, rodeo is actually far from that. QUEENS & COWBOYS: A Gay Year on the Straight Rodeo chronicles a season of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) across the country, following a few of the cowboys and cowgirls that challenge rodeo stereotypes.
Wade Earp, a rancher living outside of Dallas and descendent of cowboy legend Wyatt Earp, has competed and won more than 200 belt buckles in his time, but he still strives for the big win: the All Around Cowboy buckle at Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. Meanwhile, Chris Sherman struggled to find a team-roping partner on the regular circuit once others found out he was gay, but his life changes after discovering the IGRA. And Char Duran’s long list of injuries from 14 years of bull riding doesn’t stop her from doing everything possible to win just one belt buckle.
QUEENS & COWBOYS thoughtfully examines the strength it takes to be out and gay in the rural west, the struggles facing the IGRA and LGBT communities today and the sacrifice it takes to achieve a personal lifelong dream.
-- Sarah Harris