LAST BUFFALO HUNT

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THE LAST BUFFALO HUNT

Lee Anne Schmitt
USA, 2011
Documentaries, 76min, OF

THE LAST BUFFALO HUNT

Lee Anne Schmitt
USA, 2011
Documentaries, 76min, OF

Cast: 
Konzept
Lee Anne Schmitt
Konzept
Lee Lynch
Stimme
Lee Anne Schmitt
Screenplay: 
Lee Anne Schmitt
Lee Lynch
Sound: 
Ben Huff
Camera: 
Lee Anne Schmitt
James Laxton
Dave Fenster
Lee Lynch
Editor: 
Lee Anne Schmitt

Production: 
Lynch-Schmitt Production
World Sales: 
Lee Anne Schmitt
Format: 
HD
Color

Lee Anne Schmitt turns her essayistic directorial style onto the mythic idea of the American Western frontier. Centering on an officially sanctioned annual hunt on one of the last free-ranging American bison herds, the film meditates on the iconography and activities associated with a special brand of American individuality as seen through the lens of a dying cowboy culture. Schmitt deftly poses the ideologies of frontierism and freedom against the practicalities of commodification and regulation. She displays the breathtaking open landscapes of southern Utah and presents the men who have worked its land for decades against a growing clutter of plastic teepees and casinos. Perhaps most troubling is the industry that has grown out of the hunt, now a mere tourist activity, an anachronistic experience for scrapbooks. The result is a rounded picture of the trajectory of the ideals surrounding our shared national narrative, an unvarnished look at the residue of a Western past and future. (Sean Uyehara)