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Sandhills Cowboy

Marty Blocker is a quintessential dying breed, a working cowboy and poet who ranches in the Sandhills of Nebraska. His poignant story telling and poetry reflects on the traditional cowboy way of life and the fear the culture may be fading away. Marty, an expert horseman and cattleman expresses how man, animal and nature can commune with each other.

  • Brigitte Timmerman
  • Marty Blocker and Brigitte Timmerman
  • Brigitte Timmerman
  • Marty Blocker
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    16 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 21, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Brigitte Timmerman

Brigitte Timmerman is a board member of the Nebraska Film Association. She advocates for a positive film environment in the state of Nebraska. She was also a member of Chicago Filmmakers Coop. During her membership in a Chicago filmmakers collective coop, she focused on documentaries. While there, she was instructed and influenced by many talented award winning filmmakers. Brigitte focused on cultural and ethnic groups such as Iraqi refugees, Oglala Lakota, and the Omaha tribe that became her documentary subjects. She works to preserve culture and language in danger of being lost forever. Her current film Sandhills Cowboy is her way of honoring the lifestyle she grew up in. She is one of five children from a cattle ranching family. She currently lives in Omaha and frequently visits the family ranches that keeps her grounded.

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Director Statement

Growing up in a cattle ranching family the Sandhills of Nebraska and its people hold a special place for me. My father Gerald Timmerman and I wanted to create a film to communicate an authentic tale of the traditional Sandhills Cowboy. Marty Blocker who also works for my father and runs the Cullum Ranch in Cody, Nebraska expresses beautifully the ranching way of life through his commentary and poetry.