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Roll Out, Cowboy

Elizabeth Lawrence
Screening time  
02.03. / Srijeda, 21:00 - 23:00 Dvorana 3  
His tour bus is broken, he bought his house for a thousand bucks, and his hometown’s population is 120 and shrinking.

‘Roll Out, Cowboy’’s Chris Sand is the face of the dying American West. Except for one thing: he raps. The Woody Guthrie protégé looks like a cowboy, but writes songs like LL Cool J. When rap music hit the North Dakota airwaves, he grew up rhyming to the pulse of irrigation pumps. The result? A music fusion of country, hip-hop and folk. The documentary follows Sandman the Rappin’ Cowboy as he tours America during the 2008 Presidential election. He travels from red state to blue and back again. We witness band break-ups, town groupies—even a brief flirtation with commercial truck-driving, when a particularly impoverished Sand needs to make ends meet. This is not the romanticized, Roy Rogers version of the American frontier. This is Sandman. The cowboy who raps.

Elizabeth Lawrence

‘Roll Out, Cowboy’ marks Elizabeth Lawrence’s feature film directorial debut. Her previous roles include production manager and line producer. She has assisted producers and directors on films such as ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’, ‘Underworld Evolution’, ‘The Last Kiss’ and ‘Tenderness’. Lawrence has written and directed numerous short films, including the award-winning ‘Nightmare Crawlers’ and ‘Beyond the Gates of Ill-Repute’. Currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Roll Out, Cowboy

2010, 75', color, video

Directed by:
Elizabeth Lawrence

Elizabeth Lawrence

Edited by:
Elizabeth Ross

Chris Sand

Elizabeth Lawrence, Warner Boutin

Produced by:
Roll Out Cowboy

Festivals & Awards:

Park City Music Film Festival 2010 - Director’s Choice Gold Medal for Excellence

Seattle True Independent Film Festival 2010 - Best Documentary

DocuFest Atlanta Film Festival 2010 - Best Comedy Documentary

Arizona Underground Film Festival - Best Documentary

Flint Film Festival - Best Documentary

Edmonton International Film Festival - Best Documentary