Queer Cowboys Rule the World in Western Film “National Anthem”

“Ever been on a bull? It’s the greatest rush of adrenaline…” An official trailer it out for a beloved indie film titled National Anthem, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker / photographer Luke Gilford. This premiered at the last year’s SXSW Film Festival, and also played at TIFF, Mill Valley, and NewFest. The film is a fictional version of the story of Luke discovering the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). Charlie Plummer stars as Dylan, who’s from rural New Mexico. He takes a gig at the House of Splendor, a homestead built by a community of queer rodeo performers & ranchers, and soon the indefinable magic of an untamed America unfolds before him. SXSW adds: “Finding space to explore and discover himself, he becomes entwined in the life of Sky, a talented barrel racer and free spirit.” Also starring Eve LindleyRene RosadoMason Alexander Park, and Robyn Lively. The film is also inspired by Gilford’s photo book of the same name profiling real queer rodeo performers. It looks fantastic! What a magnificent trailer. First Showing

Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for Luke Gilford’s film National Anthem, direct from YouTube:

National Anthem celebrates the beauty and resilience of the typically invisible queer bodies living their lives, discovering themselves, and falling in love within rural America,” Gilford told Queerty last year.

The official trailer for National Anthem, a film by Luke Gilford. In select theaters on July 12th and nationwide on July 19th.

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