​​​EQUUS Film & Arts Fest


Black Rodeo: 1hour 27 mins

Muhammad Ali and actor Woody Strode are among those featured in this account of a New York rodeo for black cowboys. Directed by Jeff Kanew • 1972 • United States In 1971, a parade of African American cowboys rode into Harlem for a one-of-a-kind event: New York City’s first-ever Black rodeo. This remarkable, rarely-seen documentary offers a vivid, firsthand look at this unique cultural moment, which, for many of its enthralled spectators, redefined what a cowboy could look like. Among the luminaries on hand are Muhammad Ali—who rides a horse up 125th Street—and western icon Woody Strode, who speaks to the unsung history of Black cowboys in America.

Cowgirl-Up: 6 mins

Labrelah Hutchins, barrel racer and cowgirl from Mississippi pursues a lifelong dream to be the first African-American woman in the National Finals Rodeo. Nathan Willis is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New Orleans. His short documentary ‘Cowgirl Up’ premiered at Slamdance and won Best Film and Best Director at the Fusion Documentary Challenge. His ultimate goal is to make the world a more hopeful, beautiful, and empathetic place.

Black Cowboy Experience

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Halter Off: 19 mins

Far removed from the pomp and pageantry of races like the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, Halter Off offers an unapologetic look at the underbelly of horse racing in Charles Town, West Virginia and one man’s shot at a second chance. There, veteran trainer Angelo Jackson competes not for fame, or prestige, or glory, but as a means of survival. At a severe financial disadvantage in a rich man’s sport, Angelo grinds out wins with the horses discarded by other owners and trainers, relying on his prowess and instinct to succeed. However, when his checkered past sees him banned from the grounds of the track, and facing the biggest race of his life against his www.equusfilmfestival.net longtime rival and mentor looming just weeks away, Angelo is under the gun. He looks to Halter Off, the first horse he’s raised on his own, to win a race that will do more than bring his books into the black: it will define his career.