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The documentary feature film, QUEENS & COWBOYS, has joined an impressive roster of independent films slated for the upcoming 2014 Outfest Film Festival – the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen.
The doc will be make its Los Angeles premiere July 12, 2014 at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood. Outfest, which was founded in 1982, has showcased thousands of films from around the world to audiences of nearly a million, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 20,000 LGBT films and videos.
QUEENS & COWBOYS, directed by Matt Livadary and produced by Erin Krozek, chronicles a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association through the lens of a straight, city-raised filmmaker named Matt Livadary. Roping and riding in 15 rodeos across North America that year, the IGRA’s courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals in October. The film also exposes the world to the unsung LGBT community of both the old and new west. Examining where our country currently stands on the issue of gay rights, this uniquely American subject explores how far we’ve come, and what challenges we still have ahead.
Livadary first came up with the idea to create a gay rodeo-themed documentary whilst working in development and needing a show idea for the production company he was at. Explaining what he was hoping the documentary would become, he says, “I thought that rodeo is so synonymous with America: what’s happening with America, the expansion of America, all its different inclusions of multiple people and I really wanted it to play to a wide audience. I wanted to make a film that was primarily about gay people but that was not a gay film or a straight film but one that can actually transcend. So that was the underlying goal for me.”
The film has screened at many festivals across the U.S. receiving accolades at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival where it won the “Overall Audience Award” & “Best Documentary Award”, Dallas International Film Festival “Audience Award”, Arizona International Film Festival “Best Documentary Feature” & Atlanta Film Festival “Pink Peach Feature 2014 Grand Jury Prize.”