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Facets Film Dialogue with filmmaker Elizabeth Lawrence and Chris "Sandman" Sand
ROLL OUT, COWBOY
Best Documentary Seattle True Independent Film Fest
Best Indie Doc Edmonton Intl Film Fest
"A charming, intimate portrait of one of America's most unusual entertainers... sometimes awkward, sometimes joyful, and always entertaining" -Onion AV Club
"Affectionate" -TimeOut Chicago
"Director-cinematographer Elizabeth Lawrence treats her likable, talented subject with the bemused affection he deserves" -Chicago Reader
Recommended! -NewCity Chicago
His tour bus is broken, he bought his house for a thousand bucks, and his hometown's population is 120 and shrinking. Chris "Sandman" Sand is the face of the nostalgic American West, except for one thing: He looks like a Woody Guthrie protégé but raps like LL Cool J. Roll Out, Cowboy follows this country/hip-hop musician as he tours the country during the during the last U.S. presidential election. When hip hop music hit the airwaves of the North Dakota badlands, where Sand grew up, he learned to rap and rhyme to the pulse of baling machines and irrigation pumps. From indie rock groupies in city clubs to flirty grannies grinding against him in rural community dance halls, no one can resist Sandman's winsome charms or the genre-blending and endearing style that's uniquely his own. Chris Sand's story is about one man's daily effort to make his voice heard.
Roll Out, Cowboy is a one of a kind documentary, that not only showcases the musical fusion of country/hip hop/folk/rap/ styles, but also presents a part of America that remains immune to marketing campaigns, record labels, and consumerist politicking, as if it were the truth. Director Elizabeth Lawrence in her outstanding debut film, allows us to follow Sandman the Rappin' Cowboy as he travels from red state to blue and back again, blending discordant music genres into a style uniquely his own. This is not the romanticized, Roy Rogers version of the American frontier. This is Sandman. The cowboy who raps.
Directed by Elizabeth Lawrence, 2010, U.S.A., 75 mins.
Facets Film Dialogue
Filmmaker Elizabeth Lawrence will be here in person for a Q&A for all of the screenings from Friday, July 22 - Sunday, July 31st!
In addition, the Rappin' Cowboy Chris "Sandman" Sand will be here (as well as perform!) for all of the screenings from Friday, July 22-Sunday, July 24th, accompanied by producer, Warner Boutin.