Works in Progress Documentary Session Two: Good Ol Girl

Works in Progress Documentary Session Two: Good Ol Girl

USA | 2018 | 180 minutes | Sarah Brennan Kolb

Not all of the women of the mythological West slip easily into the princess fantasy of Pocahontas or the unnamed martyr "Pioneer Woman" labels so often prescribed them. In Filmmaker Sarah Brennan Kolb's genre busting documentary, three women of the "New West" reshape the Western Canon with their stories. Crosscutting cinema verite techniques with archival material from 1930 ‘s and ‘40's B-movie Westerns as well as academic commentary from famed-author Joyce Gibson Roach, Kolb questions "Who has the authority to claim the (often) oppressive traditions when only those who have been oppressed are left to carry them on?"

Director Biography
A New York commercial producer by day, Sarah Brennan Kolb returned to her native Texas for a working hiatus as a ranch hand on a cow-calf operation. It was there she begin to explore the “modern” West – one in which the “male cowboy mythology” was quickly disappearing and being replaced by a new gritty, honest and some would say subversive, female story. The jarring transitions between generations as the men disappeared and the women stayed standing in this hyper-masculine and desolate place inspired Kolb to dig deeper into the crushing weight of legacy and tradition. “Rural Texas is as much a character as these three women who are redefining the patriarchal power dynamic, not by choice but by necessity,” said Kolb. “This fiery, bloody, dirty and yes, violent part of the female story is rooted in the natural world in Texas. Telling this story now, I hope, puts a face to the survivors and lays rest the vanishing patriarchal bogeyman.”

Sponsored by Vulcan Productions with assistance from Washington FilmWorks

  • Director: Sarah Brennan Kolb
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 180 minutes
  • Producer: Jessica Burgess