Ocean of Grass – 2:45 pm – Sunday, Theater 6

Directed By Georg Joutras
Run Time: 86 Minutes

The American cattle ranch, an icon of the United States, projects an enticing historical vision of hard working people living close to nature on the plains of the west. The McGinn Ranch, first settled in the 1870’s, is such a place. Moving into its 5th generation, the ranch encompasses all that makes America great: an appreciation of heroic effort, the love of family, friends & country, and doing what it takes to survive. It is a landscape of individuals with unique personalities.

The documentary film, “OCEAN OF GRASS – LIFE ON A NEBRASKA SANDHILLS RANCH”, is a visually stunning organic journey about life rolled up in the ranch experience. The conflicts and issues in the film are real but not overblown. In the end, the film is an honest and personal look at being who you are and treating animals and the land with respect.

The film has been called ‘zen-like & meditative’, ‘a genre of its own’, ‘spectacularly filmed’, and “a true, honest look at ranching”.
It is also an experiential, immersive documentary capturing a year in the life of a 130 year old Nebraska Sandhills ranch, The cinematography submits to the lyrical and timeless feeling of the American Great Plains, and presents the intriguing personalities of those who choose this sparse, rugged lifestyle. The film narrative is provided by the ranchers who have called this area home for generations.

This film presents the intimate feeling of this ranch and its co-inhabitants. The Director doesn’t follow the cliché cinematic structure: the story is subtlety told and the viewer will come to understand the ranching community. The Sandhills people are shown with unhindered realism, without posturing or false narratives.

OCEAN OF GRASS showcases the incredible yet sublime beauty of the little-known Nebraska Sandhills Region. The project was conceived, produced, directed, and filmed by first-time filmmaker Georg Joutras, who spent years creating this unique and encompassing feature-length film that revolves around ranching, the Sandhills, and the McGinn Ranch.


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