I see by your hat you are a cowboy | SummitDaily.com

I see by your hat you are a cowboy

SILVERTHORNE – Suburban-heavy, ski-hill-centered local culture may suggest the only cowboys in Summit County are the ones with Texas plates on their SUVs, but it ain’t necessarily so.

Head north on Highway 9 and you’ll find that the county still contains dozens of active ranches and a cowboy culture that’s very much in effect. Breckenridge-based photographer and moviemaker Ann Lukacs has spent the past few years capturing images of cowboys at work, creating “The Long Ride Home,” a documentary on the color and chaos of the rodeo.

Lukacs, a professional cinematographer who’s worked on Hollywood hits such as “The Blues Brothers” and “Groundhog Day,” has spent her recent years doing local production work for commercials and documentaries. Her connection to the cowboy life came when a friend, a professional bareback rider, introduced her to rodeo.

“I fell in love with it, visually, once I got to meet the guys,” she said. She hopes to have the one-hour documentary completed in the spring, at which point she’d like to release it to cable TV and in a theatrical run at film festivals.

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