A film titled Man in the Can, which showcases the colorful world of a rodeo clown, will make its North Texas premiere Saturday at the Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth.
The 38-minute documentary is scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m. at the Four Day Weekend Theater at 312 Houston St. Tickets are $10.
The film follows the journey of aspiring rodeo clown Ronald Burton, a Mississippi native, as he attempts to earn the right to work on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.
The film had its world premiere May 1 at the Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg and was named Best Texas Film by the festival committee.
The documentary was produced by filmmaker Noessa Higa of Los Angeles who worked on the project for three years. She had no rodeo experience prior to making the film.
“I was taking time off between projects, so I spent some time in Texas learning about cowboys,” Higa said “When I met with Ronald and got to see it through his perspective, I thought he was the perfect lens to introduce this world to a whole new audience.”
Higa said Burton was an intriguing character.
“Ronald is very entertaining, and his charisma during the rodeo carries through outside the arena,” she said “Nothing was off-limits. He was open to talking about the good times and the tough times.
“Audiences connect with his personal story, and that translates across all demographics, not just rodeo fans. Everyone can relate to having a dream, and the difficult choices and sacrifices that come with pursuing your passion.”
The PRCA postseason begins this weekend with the National Finals Steer Roping scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Mulvane, Kan.
Vin Fisher Jr. of Andrews will attempt to earn his first world title. He is No. 1 in the world standings with $67,189. Mike Chase of McAlester, Okla., is second with $61,089.
Trevor Brazile of Decatur is fourth with $58,722. He is trying to win a record 22nd PRCA world championship. He is the defending all-around and steer roping world champion.
After competing in the McNeese State Rodeo last weekend, Hill College is No. 2 in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southern Region men’s team title race.
Hill College has earned 1,791 points through the first four rodeos of the regular season. Wharton County Junior College is No. 1 with 1,908.33.
Cowboy to watch
Bryce Barrios of Bluff Dale won the PRCA’s Bull Riding Rookie of the Year Award by a huge margin.
Barrios pocketed $48,145 in the regular season. Adam Jamison of Okotoks, Alberta, finished second with $27,615. Barrios also finished the year ranked 23rd in the PRCA’s overall standings.