UNDATED – (DRG News) A Colorado man continues his work on a documentary film on the life of Stanley County native and well known bronc rider-Casey Tibbs. Justin Koehler, who grew up on a Haakon County ranch, announced the effort last year and since then, has been raising money for the project. He has spent the past year researching Tibbs’ life and arranging interviews with people who will talk about Tibbs in the film. Koehler says the project is coming along well. Next month, he says he plans to go to Texas to film interviews with as many as five people who knew Tibbs.
If all goes as planned, Koehler will film comments from actors Alex Cord and Buck Taylor; stuntman Dean Smith, former rodeo champion Larry Mahan and cowboy storyteller Red Steagall in late August. Koehler recently chose saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere to portray Tibbs in some scenes of the documentary. He says Elshere was a good pick and the current rodeo great’s scenes probably won’t be filmed until sometime in 2015.
Koehler expects the film “Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs ” to be complete in the fall/winter of 2015. He already released a previous work on one of the state’s more influential figures of the past-Scotty Philip-who was also known as the “Man Who Saved the Buffalo”. Koehler says he won’t stop producing the documentaries after the Tibbs’ feature is done…as there are several stories to tell.
More information on the film can be accessed on Koehler’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CaseyTibbsFilm. Recent months have brought the re-discovery of various Casey Tibbs memorabilia which have been passed on to the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center and Koehler says items like newspaper articles and pictures can be used in the film. He expects to be able to utilize some old film footage of Tibbs in the documentary and encourages people to look through their belongings to see if they have items that would be helpful for the project.
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