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PBS Premiere: July 5, 2011


Sweetgrass presents a riveting and poetic portrait of the American West just as one of its traditional ways of life dies out. Shot amidst the grandeur of Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, the film follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into the breathtaking and often dangerous mountains for summer pasture. Magnificently photographed and unsparingly candid, Sweetgrass discovers a world of harsh beauty and arduous labor, where humans still work in rugged intimacy with nature. An Official Selection of the 2010 New York Film Festival. (90 minutes)

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Film Information

Sweetgrass (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 5, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim


Ilisa Barbash
Ilisa Barbash
Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Sweetgrass... is a tribute to past and contemporary people who still manage to eke out a bittersweet living on the land.”

— Ilisa Barbash, Producer


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Critical Acclaim

Magnificent… Wonderful… The first essential movie of this young year… Astonishingly beautiful… Nature overwhelms the screen and even minds…...”

— Manohla Dargis,
The New York Times

Breathtaking… close to heaven… Fascinating...”

— Melissa Anderson,
The Village Voice

A one-of-a-kind experience. At once epic-scale and earthbound… a mad cross between Howard Hawks’ Red River and Grass…with a dash of Tex Avery’s Drag-along Droopy...”

— Ronnie Scheib,

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