HBO is showin' the love to the cowgirls! HBO Documentary Films has acquired Brad Beesley's feature documentary Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo, with plans for a broadcast premiere on HBO's CINEMAX in September. Sweethearts... premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2009.
The film goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo, a purely American event that’s part Wild West show and part Coliseum-esque spectacle where convicts compete against one another for a small amount of cash and a little bit of pride.
Said Beesley (Okie Noodling, The Fearless Freaks, SummerCamp!) in a statement, "I’m truly thrilled for the women featured in the film—their remarkable stories made this possible. There’s no better place than HBO to share our documentary with the US–it’s a perfect home."
The film will also be screened inside the prison system as part of a large-scale outreach campaign and forum exploring rehabilitative and educational programs.
-For two conflicting reviews check out James Ponsoldt's review on Filmmaker Magazine's blog (loved it), and Vadim Rizov's review on SpoutBlog (didn't love it so much).
-Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo official website
-Enjoy the trailer: