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WATCH & SHARE HBO DOCUMENTARY “SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO” BY SAVING IT TO YOUR NETFLIX QUEUE

(Image from ‘Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo.’ Photography by Shane Brown.)

If you haven’t seen this compelling documentary about Oklahoma’s female inmates partaking in a break from prison life for a chance to compete in the state’s Penitentiary Rodeo, or if you have seen it but want to see it again or share it with a friend, save “Sweethearts of  the Prison Rodeo” on your Netflix queue and bring it that much closer to convenient viewing.

From the filmmakers that brought you ‘Okie Noodling,’ ‘Fearlesss Freaks,’ ‘Summercamp!’ and “The Creek Runs Red’ comes another heart-gripping journey into Americana life—the subculture of the Oklahoma penitentiary system and the modern-day Wild West: ‘Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo.’

Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo’ goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo. In 2006, female inmates were allowed to participate for the first time. In a state with the highest female incarceration rate in the country, these women share common experiences such as broken homes, drug abuse and alienation from their children. Since 1940, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary has held an annual ‘Prison Rodeo’. Part Wild West show and part coliseum-esque spectacle, it’s one of the last of its kind – a relic of the American penal system. Prisoners compete on wild-broncs and bucking bulls, risking life-long injuries. For inmates like Danny Liles, a 14-year veteran of the rodeo, the chance to battle livestock offers a brief respite from prison life. Within this strange arena the prisoners become the heroes while the public and guards applaud.

Freedom, family, forgiveness—these are human needs. Without ever loudly announcing its statement of purpose, while focusing on bulls and broncos and adrenaline, “Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo” makes a plea for human dignity and compassion. –Filmmaker Magazine

SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO, (is) a gorgeous, insightful, hilarious, emotional look at tradition, criminal justice, hope and regret.  It’s as pure a piece of movie-making that you will see in nonfiction in 2009, commercial as hell, and certainly one of the best films of the year. – A.J. Schnack, All These Wonderful Things

‘Sweethearts…’ is a story of gladiatorial desperation and hope, tied up with one whole lot of Oklhahoman heart – Hell yeah!” – Time Out London

For more information on the film or to buy it directly, visit the film’s website at: www.sweetheartsoftheprisonrodeo.com

HOW TO ADD “SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO” TO NETFLIX:

  • Login to Netflix http://www.netflix.com.
  • Search for SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO
  • Once on the film title page for SWEETHEARTS, click “SAVE”
  • Once you get a confirmation that it’s been added to your Queue, SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO will be that much closer to becoming available as a rental on Netflix.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

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BLACKHORSE LOWE’S “SHIMÁSÁNÍ” AND PHILIPP ABRYUTIN’S “IVAN AND IVAN” WIN AWARDS AT FESTIVAL PRÉSENCE AUTOCHTONE/MONTRÉAL FIRST PEOPLES’ FESTIVAL


June 19, 2010 (Montréal, Canada)—At the Awards Ceremony held at the McCord Museum, Montréal First Peoples’ Festival organized by Terres En Vue/Land In Sights announced Philipp Abryutin’s IVAN AND IVAN as the winner of the TEUEIKAN GRAND PRIZE for best short film and Blackhorse Lowe’s SHIMÁSÁNÍ as the winning film for best cinematography in the award MEILLEURE DIRECTION PHOTO yesterday in Canada!

“Black and white is an apt choice for Navajo country and the austere majesty of its unattainable horizons. For quenching our thirst for departures and depicting a ponderous reality in the pulsating light seeping into the hogan and shining in the pasturelands, the 2010 First Peoples Festival awards SMOKEY NELSON the BEST PHOTO DIRECTION prize for SHIMÁSÁNÍ by BLACKHORSE LOWE.”

Director Blackhorse Lowe with cinematographer Smokey Nelson and producer David Stevens at the Sundance Film Festival 2010. Photo by Wesley Law.

“For the strong impact of a concise, controlled story line accurately depicting the intergenerational and identity-based laceration so many First Peoples suffered when their children were torn from their natural milieu in the name of progress, and for a strong work of art in which a young director is already affirming an authentic filmmaker’s signature, the 2010 First Peoples Festival awards the TEUEIKAN GRAND PRIZE to a short film that has a lot more to say than many longer films: IVAN AND IVAN by PHILIPP ABRYUTIN.”

Director Philipp Abryutin.

Killer Whale PR+M celebrate these awards with the  filmmakers and cinematographer for their outstanding achievements and are happy to share the news with you.

For more information on the films, please visit their websites (linked within and to the right of this article).  Learn more about the filmmakers under ARTISTS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT above. For more information on Montréal First Peoples’ Festival, click here.

CHEERS TO BLACKHORSE LOWE, SMOKEY NELSON AND PHILIPP ABRYUTIN!

US PREMIERES of IVAN AND IVAN by Russian indigenous filmmaker PHILIPP ABRYUTIN

INDIGENOUS FILMMAKER FROM RUSSIA TO HAVE U.S. PREMIERE OF THE SHORT FILM “IVAN AND  IVAN” AT THE 2010 DOCUMENTARY FORTNIGHT AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART AND THE SXSW FILM + MUSIC FESTIVAL

NEW YORK, NY and AUSTIN, TX—Two prestigious and competitive film festivals, MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight (February 17—March 3) and SXSW Film + Music Conference (March 12—20) have selected an international newcomer, Russian indigenous filmmaker Philipp Abryutin, to premiere his short documentary about an indigenous family’s way of life in contemporary Russia, “Ivan and Ivan” to U.S. audiences this spring.

Ivan and Ivan” is a tenderly moving film about a nine-year-old Eveny boy (Evens are a reindeer herding tribe in the Magadan region of Russia) who lives with his grandmother and grandfather. Raised to live off the land and care for their reindeer, we see the strong bond between grandfather and grandson in their everyday lives. The film’s end will surprise most audiences and particularly U.S. audiences whose understanding of Russian policies with their Native people are slim to none. Even for Russian people today, many do not even realize indigenous people still exist in Russia.

For a young and fairly unknown filmmaker from the northeastern arctic region of Russia to showcase his first work outside of film school to U.S. audiences at the internationally recognized film programs of The Museum of Modern (MoMA) Art’s Documentary Fortnight program, an annual showcase of outstanding documentaries, and the competitive Academy-qualifying South by Southwest (SXSW) Film + Music Conference in Austin, Texas, the results are compelling to predict that U.S. and global audiences alike will be keeping their eye on Philipp Abryutin and his work.

For Abryutin, a humble twenty-four year-old filmmaker, the exposure and selection of his films to international audiences is stunning. For a Chukchi, an indigenous reindeer herding people from a remote and icy corner of the world, the opportunity to bring Russian indigenous way of life to global audiences is a driving force behind his motivation to make films.

Magadan is a neighboring region to Chukotka, where I am from. I met the family in this documentary when I was traveling on the tundra. After just a short time, we became close friends—I could feel their lives and the deep connections they shared. I had my camera with me and began filming their story. As the filmmaker of this documentary, I’m really interested in seeing it brought to many different kinds of audiences and hearing their reactions. The story of the grandfather and grandson really touched me, and I hope it will be the same for audiences who watch this film.” (Philipp Abryutin)

Philipp Abryutin (Chukchi) was born in 1986 in the Chukotka region of Russia. His parents Larisa and Mikhail Abryutin were doctors in a mobile medical group dedicated to traveling the tundra and coasts of Chukotka to treat patients living outside cities and villages. When he was thirteen, his parents moved to Moscow to further their careers and by the time he was fourteen he won an international writing competition in which excerpts from this story have been published in magazines and newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, the Ford Report and Russia’s Northern Lights magazine. Since then, he has received his Masters from the famous VGIK/All-Russian State University of Cinematography whose faculty and alumni include Russian film greats Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Alexander Sokurov and Andrei Tarkovsky. His Master’s film project in 2008, “Prevention of Repeated Crimes” won several awards at the 28th Moscow International Film Festival including the Spectator Award given to the best student film. Currently he works in Russian television and is pursuing his Ph.D in Film Dramaturgy at his alma mater.

Screening dates for “Ivan and Ivan” at Doc Fortnight and SXSW Film + Music Conference:

Documentary Fortnight | MoMA | New York, NY:
Thursday, February 25, 4:30 p.m., Theater 1 (T1);
Friday, February 26, 7:00 p.m., Theater 1 (T1);

SXSW Film + Music Conference | Austin, TX:
Monday, March 15, 4:00 PM, Hideout
Thursday, March 18, 11:30 AM, Alamo Lamar 3

The 2010 edition of Documentary Fortnight, MoMA‘s ninth annual festival of international nonfiction film, includes 20 feature and 23 mid-length and short documentaries that represent the wide range of creative categories that extend the idea of the documentary form. Established in 2001, MoMA‘s annual two-week showcase of recent nonfiction film and video takes place each February. On view in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters at MoMA from February 17 through March 3, 2010. http://www.moma.org

The SXSW Film Conference and Festival is a uniquely creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers lucrative networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film. The internationally acclaimed, nine-day Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent, with a truly diverse program ranging from provocative documentaries to subversive Hollywood comedies. SXSWeek 2010: March 12-2, Interactive: March 12-16, Film: March 12-20, Music: March 17-21www.sxsw.com

For Press kits including hi-res images and press screeners, contact Michelle Svenson or Robert Cangiano at Killer Whale PR+M.

Meet me at SXSW 2010 (http://sxsw.com)

IVAN AND IVAN Website Coming Soon!