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Black Rodeo

with dir Jeff Kanew, internet archivist Bri Malandro, and Black Rodeo Riders Sammy Phillips, Freddy Gordon, and Lucretia Kerley

Nov 17, 2019, 07:30 PM Museum of Fine Arts Houston $12.00 Get Tickets

In 1972 Harlem a Black Rodeo show rides into Randall's Island, NY to perform in front of a large crowd of enthralled spectators. This critically acclaimed documentary captures that show, as well as one-on-one interviews with the rodeo performers themselves and various members of the audience. Muhammad Ali himself is also on hand, clowning his ways around the crowd and the cowboys, having a great time with all. The film also features an extended discussion by actor Woody Strode (Spartacus, John Ford's Sergeant Rutledge) about the long-suppressed history of the Black Cowboy. Black Rodeo from Jeff Kanew (Revenge of the Nerds) received critical acclaim in 1972 but has been rarely seen until now.

Film followed by panel with dir. Jeff Kanew, internet archivist Bri Malando, and Black Rodeo Riders Sammy Phillips, Freddy Gordon, and Lucretia Kerley. 

Country, Year United States, 1972
DirectorJeff Kanew
WriterJeff Kanew
CastMuhammad Ali, Woody Strode
ProducerJeff Kanew
Runtime87 MINS, 0 SECS
SubjectFilm, Yeehaw Agenda
Event TypeFilm, Panel
Special Guests

Bri Malandro

A Dallas,TX native and Pop Culture Archivist. Creator of The Yeehaw Agenda who has been featured in publications such as Elle Magazine, Dazed, W, Teen Vogue, and The New Yorker.

Jeff Kanew

Jeff Kanew has had a long and varied career in the motion picture business. He began as a trailermaker, creating trailers for over 500 films including The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, RockyCuckoo's NestAnnie HallLast Tango in ParisAll the President's Men, and On Golden Pond. In 1971, he produced, directed, and edited Black Rodeo a feature length documentary featuring Woody Strode and Muhammad Ali. He began his dramatic directing career with Natural Enemies - a small, critically acclaimed drama starring Hal Holbrook  and Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher - which Kanew also wrote and edited. He then was the Editor of Ordinary People, Robert Redford's Academy Award winning directorial debut.