December 14, 2003:
The Lone Pine Film Festival and the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History have agreed to work with Linda Lou Crosby to produce a one hour documentary on cowboy poet Owen Badgett. The Museum/Festival will be an umbrella nonprofit organization to help the production company procure grants and other financial aid for the project. The film will be titled "Owen Badgett: The Gypsy Cowman."
In part, the project description reads, "This is a proposal for a one-hour documentary telling the tale of a cowboy poet who lives and works on a ranch in Eastern Montana. Like his father before him, Owen calls himself a 'Gypsy Cowman.' A gypsy cowman is one who runs his herd of cattle on land he does not own."
The proposal continues, "To celebrate life as he knows it, Owen has written and self-published three books of his poetry and stories, which have been enjoyed by many across the country. Owen has appeared at a number of cowboy poetry gatherings, including the 'Granddaddy of them all' Elko, Nevada; Lewiston, Montana; Salinas; Ridgecrest; and Lone Pine, California (appearing during the Lone Pine Film Festival)."
While the Museum/Film Festival will not provide funding, Chris Langley, Inyo County Film Commission will provide services to the company when they film in and around Lone Pine and in the Alabama Hills. The Festival will also screen the final film at this or next year's fall classic
Additional information can be reached at Linda Lou Crosby at 760-377-5001, or Chris Langley at 760-937-1189 or by emailing through this website.