April 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm 8 comments

Sweetgrass is:

An unsentimental elegy to the American West, “Sweetgrass” follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. This astonishingly beautiful yet unsparing film reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed.

Heart-breaking. Beautiful. Brilliant.

Updated with this link to an excellent video interview with the filmmakers on WNYC.


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  • 1. Rob McMillin  |  April 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Have you seen this?

  • 2. SmartDogs  |  April 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Only the bits I could find on youtube and elsewhere. I read several interviews with the filmmakers and ooh’d and ahh’d over the stills.

    Red Wing is not a great place to catch art films.

  • 3. stone soup diaries  |  April 13, 2010 at 8:37 am

    And of course, it won’t be coming to Maryland. Shit.

  • 4. Christina  |  April 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm


  • 5. Marge  |  April 13, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Wow. I hadn’t heard of this film. I hope it shows near me.

  • 6. Rob McMillin  |  April 14, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    And of course the only screening in El Lay was at the Nuart in Santa Monica, and it’s come and gone.

    The one I keep forgetting to pick up is The Singing Revolution, about Estonia’s non-violent revolution that overthrew that country’s communist government.

  • 7. Chas S. Clifton  |  April 19, 2010 at 8:15 am

    “Cowboys” lead sheep? Uh, those must be “sheepherders,” or just “herders” for short.

  • 8. SmartDogs  |  April 19, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I thought that was interesting too and I believe that the filmmakers talk about this in the interview I linked. He’s British and she’s a New Yorker – so I think they saw the cowboy vs sheepherder thing as relatively unimportant.

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