Behind the Chutes: Filmmaker Ann Lukacs On the Art of Storytelling
|Ann Lukacs shooting from helicopter|
|A Time Of Our Own|
A few of Ann's professional credits as a cinematographer include Pirates of the Caribbean, The Bucket List, Honeysuckle Rose, Blues Brothers, and Coal Minor's Daughter. Check out the New York Times for a list of movies featuring more of Ann's work behind the camera.
|photo by Ann Lukacs|
But the movie that seems closest to Ann's heart is the documentary Behind the Chutes.
"This is a project of the heart which has been inspired by one reason only," Ann says, "the passion of these cowboys..." In Behind the Chutes, Ann follows several professional bareback riders on the rodeo circuit, meeting their families, learning their stories, becoming their friends. "What is it about these men that makes them want to devote so much of their life to an eight second ride?" Ann asks. "What is it about the ride that creates such an addictive passion? And what makes a man, years later, get that sparkle in his eye when he reminisces about his rodeo days? Why do you put it all on the line for eight seconds?"
|Brent Kilmer, Vee Bar co-owner, at|
Page's 2009 Literature & Landscape
of the Horse retreat, Wyoming
Human beings are natural storytellers. We seek out metaphor and meaning in our own personal narratives, and in the stories of our families and our communities. It is how we make meaning of our lives. And thanks to amazing filmmakers like Ann Lukacs, we can see these stories unfold not only on the page, but on the screen - in beautiful, living color.
Note: Click HERE to read about the regulations governing the use of livestock during PRCA sanctioned professional rodeos. Click HERE for details on the 2011 Literature & Landscape of the Horse retreat at the Vee Bar Guest Ranch in Wyoming.
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