New trailer for A Handful of Dust completed

We've completed the new trailer for A Handful of Dust.  Working closely with our Director of Photography Edward Done and Executive Producer Daniel Junge, I collaborated with editor  Niko Van Steenhoven to craft a new trailer.  The focus of this piece is the issue of labor and immigration regulations that threaten to destroy the way of life of a large scale sheep operation like the Ladder Ranch, one of the subjects for the documentary.

I welcome your comments and suggestions.

A curator talks about "A Handful of Dust" documentary

The Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale opened to the public last night at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, and I'm gratified to be a part of it.  Here's a quote about A Handful of Dust by the curator.

“Part of our mission with the Coors Show is to educate people on what it really means be a Westerner, to work the land, raise livestock and make a living at it. Allen’s work allows us to have this conversation, and beautifully so. But beyond the conversation, these photographs—stills from his documentary “A Handful of Dust”—bridge the reality of ranching with fine art, not in a romanticized way, but in a very real, honest and humble way that resonates a truth about the West.” Rose Fredrick, curator, Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale

A Handful of Dust Photos on display at the Coors Western Art Show

Last night was the preview event at the Coors Western Art Show and Sale at the National Western Stock Show. It was wonderful to see the diversity of work on display, from painting to sculpture, photography and mixed media.  It's an honor to be included.

Rose Fredrick, curator of the show, asked me to speak about what makes photography collectible, and then talk a little bit about A Handful of Dust.  Afterwards, I had the opportunity to talk with a number of younger people hoping to take over the reins at their family ranch.  A very encouraging and enjoyable night.

 

Coors Western Art Show

I'm honored and gratified that seven images from A Handful of Dust have been selected to be shown at the Coors Western Art Show in January 2015. 

The Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale began as the joint inspiration of Coors Brewing Company and the National Western Stock Show. Since 1993, Coors and the National Western have worked together to develop what is now considered one of the finest western art exhibits in the United States. 

I'm delighted that the photographs will be seen by thousands of visitors over a two week period, and for the potential to build a larger community of supporters for the project. 

The exhibit is open from January 10th-25th at the National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80216.

Interview on Colorado and Company

Today I had the great pleasure to meet Denise Plante, and be interviewed for her show, Colorado and Company, which airs on KUSA 9News in Denver. The subject of the interview was the exhibit of photographs from "A Handful of Dust" at the Byers-Evans House Museum.  The show runs through August 30th, 2014 and admission is free.

Denise asked some insightful questions, and it was fun to share my feelings about the value of ranching, and the importance that it has on many levels.   A thoroughly enjoyable time, and I'm grateful to Denise, and KUSA for giving voice to this story.

Here's the segment.


Byers-Evans House Museum Catalog

Here's a preview of the images that will be shown at the Byers-Evans House Museum June 6th-August 30th.  I'm fortunate to have had Ron Landucci of Infinite Editions make the rich and evocative prints for the show.  Prints for the show are either 13.5 x 20 or 24 x 36 inches.  

 Baja California #1

Baja California #1

 Everett Ranch Drive #9

Everett Ranch Drive #9

 Ladder Ranch #14

Ladder Ranch #14

 Sheep Shearing #1

Sheep Shearing #1

 Ladder Ranch Branding #12

Ladder Ranch Branding #12

 Ladder Ranch Branding #1

Ladder Ranch Branding #1

 Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #1

Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #1

 Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #12

Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #12

 Afternoon storm, Wyoming

Afternoon storm, Wyoming

 Baker Ranch #3

Baker Ranch #3

 Baker Ranch Branding #6

Baker Ranch Branding #6

 Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #15

Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #15

 Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #15

Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #15

 Baker Ranch Branding #11

Baker Ranch Branding #11

 Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #10

Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #10

 Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #3

Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #3

 Baker Ranch Branding #8

Baker Ranch Branding #8

 Sheep Shearing #3

Sheep Shearing #3

 Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #17

Baker Ranch Cattle Drive #17

All images are for sale as limited edition archival carbon pigment prints.  For information, call 303-333-3316 or email.

Daniel Junge signs on as Executive Producer

I'm delighted that Daniel Junge has agreed to serve as Executive Producer for A Handful of Dust.  

Daniel is an Oscar-winning (and 2-time nominated) documentary filmmaker. Junge was born and raised in Wyoming and graduated from Colorado College and attended NYU Film School. His first documentary feature, CHIEFS, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast on PBS. Since that time, Junge has directed over a dozen feature and short films which have broadcast on HBO, BBC, PBS and over 50 other networks.

Being from Wyoming, Daniel has a special affinity for ranching, and I'm humbled by his willingness to help steward this project.  

A Call for Year End Tax Deductible Donation

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This has been an important year in moving "A Handful of Dust" forward.  We've identified several of the ranches we will profile, and begun shooting on two of them.  Three academic advisors have been brought onboard to help guide the project.  Fiscal sponsorship, which allows tax deductible donations from individuals and foundations  has been secured, and a grant writer is working on proposals that will go out in January.  American Cowboy Magazine did a feature story about the project.  And I've spent time meeting people from the ranching, conservation and environmental worlds to begin building the community that will spread the word about the project.

That said, it has also been a year in which pressures on ranching have escalated.  Because of the extended drought, expanding energy exploration, and more attempts to transfer water rights from ranching communities to cities, conditions are changing.  It all stresses the urgency of getting this project done.

I'd like to ask you to consider making a year end, tax deductible donation to this effort.  Your contribution will enable us to ramp up shooting, capturing what is happening right now across the West.  In the past 30 years, over half a million ranches have gone under, but we can affect the future.  Help us by making a donation today at this link.