Local filmmakers cowboy up
Humboldt natives and filmmakers Kristen Windbigler and Julie Gallego-Freitas are in Elko, Nevada at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. According to the website, The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a grand celebration of western people, their lifestyles and traditions. As January turns to February, cowboys, ranchers, rural and urban people travel en masse to the small community of Elko, Nevada, to join with friends, family and all those who share their love of rural life in the West. Together, they listen to poetry and music, learn about cowboy culture in the U.S. and around the world, experience great art, watch western films, learn a craft, and gather together to eat, drink and swap stories.
Sounds like a great time to me.
Here are Kristen and Julie’s thought-provoking entries for the Deep West Video Program at the gathering. Although not mentioned, Kristen’s film, Requiem for a Tree, is made using photos of her family’s homestead in Blocksburg. In Julie’s film, Coming Home, her mother Betty is interviewed, with hilarious results, from her home in Fortuna.