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Project of the Day: 'Miami, NM'

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 10, 2014 at 4:01PM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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Miami NM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Miami, NM"

Tweetable Logline: In a world obsessed with the likes of John Wayne and the Lone Ranger, this short documentary will paint a portrait of real working cowboys.

Elevator Pitch: 

Steve Zimmer, the central voice of this documentary, has made it his life's work to document western culture and cowboy life in and around the small town of Miami in New Mexico. His creative writing as well as his many historical biographies provide a glimpse into this unique part of American history. So too do the lives of his sons Parker and Marshall, who are seasoned cowboys in their own right. The introspective voice of Steve will permit the interweaving of his son's cowboy life in the West, a life threatened by recent changes in climate and technology.


Production Team:

The Director and Producers of this project are officers in the Air Force stationed in Wyoming. We take pride in our service to the country but also have a passion for story telling. Using any and all of our free time and leave days, we are constantly on the lookout for great stories worth telling.

Director, Producer: Cole Smith
Associate Producer: Lucas Rider
Cinematographer: Alessandro Gentile


About the Production: 

What excites me most about this film is the opportunity to entertain an audience while also preserving a vital piece of American history. The popularity of actors like John Wayne, authors like Louis L'Amour, and the constant re-imagining of stories like the "Lone Ranger" are clear evidence of our fascination with cowboys. But the modern cowboy and his unique work, attire, and manner of speech are largely unfamiliar to most Americans. This project will paint a portrait of cowboy life for the average American and in doing so preserve a small part of his culture.


Current Status: Fundraising for two final shooting trips and post-production.


For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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