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ABOUT THE FILM

BACKGROUND: WHAT IS KOK-BORU?

Kok-Boru (or Kok-Par) is an ancient rugby-like sport played on horseback in Central Asia, dating to the days of Genghis Khan. Steeped in tradition, it's synonmous with the horse culture of a historically nomadic people. However, during Soviet rule the game was suppressed, then subsequently banned by the Taliban in many regions.

With more recent independence, a resurgence has put this widely popular national pasttime back in the spotlight in countries like Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Aghanistan and Russia where it's akin to NFL football in America.

Perhaps not suprisingly, US cowboy culture has much in common with this nomadic horse culture. In 2016, diplomatic opportunity arose when the US embassy in Kyrgyzstan invited a group of cowboys to compete with a first-ever American Kok-Boru team.

Our film tells the story of how the team was formed and what it was like to compete in a foreign land - playing a game they’d never played, in a language they didn’t speak.

CAST & CREW

Get to know the team - and our filmmaking crew!


Creed Garnick Nomad Cowboys

CREED GARNICK

Co-Director / Team Captain

Creed is a Broadway actor, film/tv actor and cowboy.

Brock Harris Nomad Cowboys

BROCK HARRIS

Co-Director / Player

Brock is an actor, writer, producer and director.

Matt Daddario Nomad Cowboys

MATTHEW DADDARIO

Executive Producer

Matt is an accomplished film/tv actor and executive producer.

New York

BILLY MAGNUSSEN

Player / Associate Producer

Billy is an actor known for various Hollywood films.

Scott Zimmerman Nomad Cowboys

SCOTT ZIMMERMAN

Player

Scott Zimmerman aka "Scotty" is a rancher in Wyoming.

TJ Moulton Nomad Cowboys

T.J. MOULTON

Player

T.J is from Jackson Hole Wyoming.

Sky Garnick Nomad Cowboys

SKY GARNICK

Player / American Coach

Sky is from Jackson Hole and is Creed's brother.

Max Snow Nomad Cowboys

MAX SNOW

Player

Max Snow is a cowboy from Wyoming.

Brendan Bryant Nomad Cowboys

BRENDAN BRYANT

Player

Brendan is an experienced horse rider from Wyoming.

Sky Garnick Nomad Cowboys

NICK BECK

Player

Nick is a world traveler from Jackson Hole.

Max Snow Nomad Cowboys

GOLDEN GARNICK

Player

Golden is an actor from Jackson Hole and is Creed's brother.

Brendan Bryant Nomad Cowboys

CHANDLER MINTON

Player

Chandler is experienced horse rider from Wyoming.

Sky Garnick Nomad Cowboys

BRIAN MINTON

Player

Brian is experienced horse rider from Wyoming.

Max Snow Nomad Cowboys

Denny Ley

Player

Denny is experienced horse rider from Wyoming.

Brendan Bryant Nomad Cowboys

JAY GIVENS

Player

Jay is experienced horse rider from Wyoming.

Sibyl Santiago

SIBYL SANTIAGO

Lead & Field Producer

Member of the Producer's Guild of America.

Azel Lanzenberg

AXEL LANZENBERG

Director of Photography

Axel is an experienced DP from Los Angeles, CA.

C. Ryan McVinney

C. RYAN MCVINNEY

Editor

Ryan is a veteran filmmaker/editor from NYC.

Sitting Cat Productions Nomad Cowboys

SITIING CAT PRODUCTIONS

Production Company

Vibrant NYC-based production company.

The Last Hunt Films LLC Production Company

THE LAST HUNT FILMS LLC

Production Company

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based film production company.

C. Ryan McVinney

AIDAN KAHN

Producer/Creative Consultant

Aidan is an actor & producer from LA & Vancouver.

Full Flip Films NYC Production Company

OLIVER LANZENBERG

Second Unit Camera

Oliver is a cinematographer in Los Angeles.

Full Flip Films NYC Production Company

FULL FLIP FILMS

Post Production Facility

NYC-based production/post production company.

Full Flip Films NYC Production Company

BRIAN LANDISMAN

Motion Graphics

NYC-based motion graphics design artist.

Full Flip Films NYC Production Company

EMMA M. HERRMANN

Field Production Assistant

Graduate NYU Tisch Film/TV.

Full Flip Films NYC Production Company

CARLOS SANTIAGO

Still Photographer

NYC-based photographer.

A BRIEF SYNOPSIS

THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME

The 2016 World Nomad Games provided an opportunity for the nomadic people of Central Asia to compete in their cultural games, on a professional scale. Kok boru is the main event and countries from around the world gathered to compete. Seeing an opportunity to push diplomatic relations between Kyrgyzstan and the United States, representatives from the Embassy invited Creed Garnick, our team captain, to rally players to compete as the first American kok boru team.

Creed accepted the challenge as an eager competitor but also with the intention to make the experience into a movie. Brock Harris, Creed’s best friend and filmmaking partner, was the first to accept the crazy proposition. With only two weeks notice they assembled a gang of cowboys and wrangled up just enough money to rent equipment and transport crew. The US Kok Boru team was formed and they set out to compete in a game they’ve never played in a language they don’t speak.

The event was astounding, with 54 countries represented and over 600 athletes competing, the grounds were packed with tens of thousands of spectators. Due to tremendous media coverage, our cowboys quickly became the "belles of the ball," #NomadCowboys! The games were broadcast to over half a billion people around the world. The cowboys were outmatched in gameplay but demonstrated such heart they were invited to compete at the World Kok-Par Championships in Kazakhstan during the 2017 World Expo. (Kok par is Kazakh for kok-boru.)

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