Little Gold Cowboy
Michael Reihana's first film is a metaphorical tale of the search for true love by a flamboyant Gold Cowboy. It was selected for the Venice Film Festival, the New Zealand Film Festivals, and the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The unexpected arrival of a strange letter propels the cowboy on a quest to find his soulmate, or what he imagines as his true love. Unfortunately when detached hearts are left guarded by a mere goldfish, the future doesn't always turn out in one's favour.
DIRECTOR’S NOTES - Michael Reihana
“Since Little Gold Cowboy was my first film to direct I wanted it to be a fun experience for all involved. I made it with a group of ten people, friends that I had worked with previously, who all did multiple jobs on the film. There were no professional actors used, and several of the crewmembers had a role in a few scenes. The people of the towns all co-operated as I had previously met them all while sitting in pubs scouting out locations. No one seemed to mind having a film crew or a gold cowboy in their backyard. We all worked on making costumes, setting art department, borrowing props, and feeding the goldfish. I look forward to making more films in New Zealand and internationally.”
2003 - Venice Film Festival
Colour, 35 mm, Dolby Digital