Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo Official Trailer and Tour

You know how documentaries like The Cove and Man on Wire have been drawing influences from genre filmmaking in their non-fiction storytelling? Well, I wonder if Bradley Beesley’s Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo draws any inspiration from the ‘women in prison’ sub-genre… I’m guessing not. Regardless, based on the trailer and Beesley’s solid track record (he directed Okie Noodling and The Fearless Freaks, co-directed Summercamp! with Sarah Price and helped shoot Ben Steinbauer’s Winnebago Man), I’m totally sold! Check out the official synopsis below:

Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo. In 2006, female inmates were allowed to participate for the first time. In a state with the highest female incarceration rate in the country, these women share common experiences such as broken homes, drug abuse and alienation from their children. From 1940 – 2008, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary held an annual ‘Prison Rodeo’. Part Wild West show and part coliseum-esque spectacle, it was one of the last of its kind – a relic of the American penal system. Prisoners compete on wild-broncs and bucking bulls, risking life-long injuries. For inmates like Danny Liles, a 14-year veteran of the rodeo, the chance to battle livestock offers a brief respite from prison life. Within this strange arena the prisoners become the heroes while the public and guards applaud.

You can check out the trailer embedded above or head over to Apple trailers to see it in glorious 1080p high definition. Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo hits limited theatres on September 17th, 2010 and will embark on what is described as a nationwide ‘Western Swing Tour’ in which director Bradley Beesley will accompany the film at various screenings across the US. For more information on this tour and a schedule of venues and times, visit the official website. If you don’t see any screenings close to your town, you’re in luck; the DVD is set to hit stores October 25th! Until then, check out the trailer and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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