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Cowboy and Preacher
Running Time: 92 minutes
Venue: Tiburon Library [1501 Tiburon Blvd.]
Cast: Tri Robinson
Director: Will Fraser
Description: [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]
Tri Robinson, an evangelical pastor in Idaho who is also a life-long environmentalist, has battled throughout his life to try to get conservative Christians, many of whom do not take the environment seriously, to realize that being a conservative Christian and an environmentalist are not mutually exclusive. Most environmental films seem to be framed for a liberal audience – i.e. they preach to the converted.
Cowboy and Preacher aims at the unconverted, while also offering liberals and non-Christians a fascinating portrayal of conservative evangelical life, values, and mindset. This film is absolutely timely. Not only is the destruction of the environment probably the most important issue facing all people, but also many American politicians and voters are in denial about it. In the film we see the efforts Tri makes to create a green conservative church and unite this with his life as a rancher, all the while developing a Christian system of ideas that unites environmentalism with moral development and action.
I needed a subject for my film, and so I searched for as many Christian environmentalists as I could. Tri Robinson was actually the first person I found. A Google search brought me to the Bill Moyers profile of Tri. I went through loads of other people, but he always struck me as the best voice in this world, so I always came back to him. There are a lot of people who voice opinions but don’t actually do anything. Actions speak louder than words (particularly with anything to do with Christianity). Tri has done so much and is someone who continues to do things, from big picture world-changing things to fixing all the little things on his ranch. He inspires me. Some documentarians make films about people they want to dethrone. I make films about people I think are cool.
Cowboy and Preacher has always to me been a great collaboration with Tri to communicate a shared vision.
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