It doesn’t matter how many Texas summers you’ve lived through–each one is it’s own battle. Rattlesnakes lurking in mesquite bushes, sun-scorched barbed wire fences in need of mending, the smell of melting tar rising in waves off county roads; the only thing more demanding than the Lone Star landscape is the group of people who inhabit it. Texas cattle ranching is a pillar of American identity. The nation’s concept of individualism, stewardship of the land, and authenticity are deeply rooted in the image of the West and, more specifically, of the cattle rancher.
According to a study conducted by Lincoln Financial, by 2033 there will not be a single ranch operator under the age of 50. The majority of the current ranching generation’s eldest sons are leaving the family business for bigger, better-paying jobs in the city. The ranching way of life is quickly disappearing. Nowhere is this greater felt than in Texas – a state built on the dirt, gumption, and lore of the West.
Because of this, there is a steady rise of Texas women inheriting family ranches from their fathers. A greying, often prejudiced generation must make way for a new, significantly more diverse group that it doesn’t understand. With its distinctly iconic American landscape and folkloric characters, ranching is the most cinematic allegory for America as a whole. If Texas Ranching dies out because of insurmountable intolerance, so might America.
About The Director
Sarah Brennan Kolb – Sarah is a producer and director. A native Texan, she attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film. Before beginning her career in film, Sarah worked as a cook and baker on the Lazy L&B Ranch in Western Wyoming. Afterwards, she moved to Brooklyn to follow her dream of making movies about badass women doing badass things. Her past producing credits include the upcoming feature Maggie Black, Lost Pines (LA Shorts Fest, Palm Springs International, DeadCenter Film Festival), and Skunk (Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize in Cinnefondacion, Oscar 2016 Qualified). Sarah splits her time between Brooklyn, New York and Kenedy, Texas. She is currently working on two documentaries for Vice Media TV.