The Man from the Rio Grande

A decade long project following singer songwriter and western music hall of famer Gil Prather. After falling into isolation for seven years following the death of his creative partner, Gil is found at a wild bull gathering on the Rio Grande River, and goes on to film three seasons of reality TV and is inducted into the swing music hall of fame as a living legend.

  • Mark Gustawes
  • Mark Gustawes
  • Cushing Donelan
  • Mark Gustawes
  • Matt Bray
  • Gil Prather
    Key Cast
    "Mark Gustawes"
    Twelve Mighty Orphans
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 20 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 25, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Mark Gustawes

Following a mildly successful run for fifteen years within the executive branch of the entertainment industry - Mark Gustawes decided he wanted to be a filmmaker - and has been struggling ever since. One of his dreams was realized (in the form of a nightmare) when he met brilliant/rogue artist Gil Prather on the Rio Grande River, and began to chase his story. After a decade tracking Gil's story, Mark found himself completely broke, and was forced to teach himself how to edit in order to complete the film. At 50, the struggle feels more real than ever.

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Director Statement

Thank you for taking time out to review and consider the film. I sincerely appreciate your time. Mark Gustawes