Private Project

The Black Cowboy

The Black Cowboy aims to shine the spotlight on key figures who were shining examples of African – Americans in the West. Not only does this include the black towns that were founded in Oklahoma by freedmen, but also individuals whose stories offer a dramatic and exciting narrative.

  • Charles Westely Perry
    Rivers Run Through Me
  • Art Burton
    Key Cast
  • Charles W Perry
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    1 hour 20 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 13, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    Digital 720p Mov
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Director Biography - Charles Westely Perry

Director • Cinematographer, Charles Perry first film experience as a cinematographer landed him at the Hollywood Film Festival for the short film, 'Scraps'. Currently, is in production filming the feature-length documentary, 'The Black Cowboy', during idle moments he finds the time to create short films to keep evolving as a filmmaker. The short observational documentary, ‘Pony Express' in rural Black Oklahoma a family that are descendents of freemen carry on their horse traditions on their land that has been in their family for over 100 years. Always pushing the envelope, Director Charles Perry mission with motion picture is to tell the story from the perspective of people with little or no voice.

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Director Statement

Through the process of making this film, I was able to truly understand the role that men and women of color played in the success of the United States of America. I have developed a deeper respect and understanding for all people who make America richly diverse and special. This film journey has been long and tough, but completely satisfying. As an indie filmmaker, I've been lucky enough to find ways to get my true creative work done. I've discovered the empowerment and impact that come along with being a documentary filmmaker. I’ve come to better understand how entertainment and media shape the way we view the world.