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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.



  1. Goldie
    February 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Heart break and heart swell, life is rich. These are wonderful offerings. The hope for the tree to get up and walk it off stays with me and makes me smile.

  2. Anonymous
    February 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Welcome, kristabel!

  3. longwind
    February 3, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Beautiful family scrapbooks and memories in video. Thanks.

  4. Just Watchin
    February 3, 2013 at 5:58 am

    But the BIG story of the poetry festival is, as Harry Reid put it, is saving the lives of ” tens of thousands of people that wouldn’t exist if there was no poetry festival”http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Harry-Reid-Distressed-Over-Ruin-of-Cowboy-Poetry-Festival

  5. Mitch
    February 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Both pieces are wonderful. Thanks for sharing them.

  6. February 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Bahahahahaha. Thanks, Just Watchin!

  7. February 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    The first piece is so sweet and brings the Humboldt I love to life.

    I enjoyed the second, too. As somebody who has worked on my family’s genealogy, I’m fascinated by other’s search for their identify.

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