MIAMI – Photographer-filmmaker and Pittsburg State University alumni Lindsey Walls, of Walls Productions, announced the theatrical showing of her recently completed full-length documentary The Cowgirl Culture Documentary. The Oklahoma premiere and first release of the full-length documentary on the big screen will be shown at the historic Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Presented by Walls Productions and Welch State Bank, this film about five different modern-day cowgirls is unique in that it is told in the first- person narrative, the cowgirls themselves tell their own stories. The only narration is the introduction to the cowgirl culture at the beginning and the ending of the film by announcer, sports broadcaster, and voice talent Colin Terry.
Two of the cowgirls featured in the film are from Welch, Teresa Bruce and Tabby Pierce. Teresa Bruce is a rancher’s wife, who after a 40-year absence is back in barrel racing competition. Bruce is also an award-winning committee member for the Will Rogers Memorial in Vinita, receiving the 2017 John Justin Standard of the West Award. The award recognizes outstanding rodeo committee volunteers at PRCA sanctioned rodeos. Bruce is also the director/coordinator of the cowgirl group who post the sponsor and military flags for the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo and the PBR event in Vinita. Tabby Pierce (daughter of Dezari and Paul Pierce) is a fourteen-year-old Cherokee cowgirl, a PBR and pro rodeo flag girl, who also competes in barrel racing. Pierce is the granddaughter of Bruce and they travel together, often competing against each other. The other cowgirls include Texas cowgirl Shelly Mowery, who has carved her name into the history books of equestrian sports. A former pro-rodeo representative, equine sports commentator, champion cutting horse rider, and actress, Mowery is now a respected cutting horse breeder with a long list of champions in her cutting horse bloodlines. Sawyer Burmeister, the 25-year-old daughter of Mowery, is a political lobbyist for a law firm in Austin, Texas, a two-time world champion cutting horse rider, and an equestrian stunt woman in television. The documentary culminates with 3-year-old cowgirl Callie Cleland, who lives on a cattle ranch with her mother Heather, Dad Jeff, and brother Colton near 50 Camp, Kansas. She loves her three horses, loves to ride, and loves being a cowgirl. Callie is the future of the cowgirl culture.
The Cowgirl Culture Documentary is the first documentary film produced by long-time photographer, Lindsey Walls. Walls, a graduate of Welch high school and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M college has lived in Texas for thirty plus years doing commercial and editorial photography and working in the film/television industry. Family brought Walls back to the Welch area, and in January 2014 she returned to college to finish her bachelor’s degree and get her master’s degree, at Pittsburg State University. About the same time Walls started working on the cowgirl culture documentary, which is not a subject new to her. With years of photographing and filming equestrian events across the south, and her previous life as a cowgirl competing in high school, college and later professional rodeo, Walls knows how to visually capture the lifestyle and culture of these cowgirls. After acceptance into the graduate studies at PSU, Walls chose the creative option to complete her Master of Arts in Communication and decided to make the cowgirl project her graduate project. The cowgirl film wrapped production in November 2017 and Walls graduated with her master’s degree in December 2017. What started out as a graduate creative project has turned into a documentary project that is going to film festivals in The United States, Canada, and Australia throughout the 2018-2019 festival seasons.
Besides the producer and two featured cowgirls, another local connection is involved with the Walls Productions documentary. Taylor Weaver, a Fairland high school graduate and graduate of NEO, is now getting her bachelor’s degree at Pittsburg State University. Weaver has been working with Walls in post-production on the social media presence of the film, as well as online marketing strategies. Weaver also created the logo for the recently formed Walls Productions company.
For the Oklahoma showing of “The Cowgirl Culture Documentary” Walls indicated that 10 percent of ticket sales will be donated back to the Coleman Theatre to help maintain the historic theatre. Walls was a teenage moviegoer at the Coleman, she noted, “Beside the national historical significance of this theatre, I have a lot of fond memories of the Coleman from junior high and high school. So, I am more than happy to do what I can to help preserve the historical value of this building.”
After the Coleman Theatre showing in May, there will also be a showing of the cowgirl documentary in Texas near where the two Texas cowgirls reside. These two theatrical showings will be the only time the full-length documentary will be viewed. Walls indicated a lot of interest has been expressed by individuals and companies in the television/movie industry, but there is more interest in short documentaries dedicated to a region or state. The tentative plans are to split the full-length documentary into two short documentaries to be sent to the film festivals this year and possible television broadcasts, including a new television network on the west coast that will be dedicated to western lifestyle programming. About the changes, Walls indicated “I originally wanted to make short documentaries about a couple of cowgirls in Oklahoma, then a couple of cowgirls in Texas, and so on to build a following of viewers and horse lovers for each state or region. I thought that would create a bigger and more loyal following. So, this change is right in line with my original thoughts and plans.” Walls plans to create a series of cowgirl short docs; filming and telling cowgirls’ stories of cowgirls in Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and so on. There is also the possibility of a television reality show based on the two Texas cowgirls. Any future journey of the cowgirl documentaries, Walls remains optimistic and open to its evolution, “What started as a grad creative project has turned into a project bigger than me and has taken on a life of its own, so I’m just along for the ride, gently guiding it with a loose rein”. Adding, “Those in the horse industry will know what I mean by a loose rein”.
For ticket information on "The Cowgirl Culture Documentary” showing in Miami, contact the Coleman Theatre at colemantheatre.org/events or call 918-540-2425.
Updates on the documentary and Walls' work are available on Facebook.
A website for the documentary is now in development.