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In this clip associated with the Sweetgrass lesson plan, sheep are sheared in early spring to prepare for the trek to summer pasture in the mountains.

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In this clip from Sweetgrass, bucks are castrated, their tails are cut (docked), and the ends of their ears are cut to distinguish them from female lambs.

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In this clip from Sweetgrass, Lawrence mixes and matches orphan and newborn lambs with ewes in order to ensure every lamb receives an adequate amount of milk.

Filmmaker Interviews

Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor describe the difficulties they encountered while making Sweetgrass as well as their distinctive aesthetic choices in the film.

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In this clip from Sweetgrass, a farmer tries to convince a ewe to accept an orphan lamb as her own.


Sweetgrass follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into the breathtaking and often dangerous mountains for summer pasture.

  • Updated on March 31, 2014

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Film Information

Sweetgrass (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 5, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

Photos: Download Here

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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