Documentary Feature Competition
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Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo
USA, 2013, 92 min., Color

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

Screenings
Director
Matt Livadary
Screenwriter
Matt Livadary
Producer
Matt Livadary, Erin Krozek
Cinematographer
Matt Livadary
Editor
Matt Livadary

Director Bio
Matt Livadary is a Los Angeles filmmaker who studied at the University of Southern California’s Cinema School. After graduating, he worked for several years at the Creative Artists Agency with clients including Ang Lee, Spike Jonze and Cameron Crowe. In 2008, he worked as a story editor for Apparatus, director Marc Foster’s film production company, until leaving in 2010 to focus on directing full time.
Screenings Co-presented by:
Phillip Archer's Living Richly LGBT Film Series
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