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Mad Cowboy: THE DOCUMENTARY!



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[02.10.09]: Here's the links to three volumes/sets of pictures taken with Howard's digital camera during filming in Europe! [v01] [v02] [v03]

[05.03.28]: Link to Howard's digital camera pix during filming in the USA! [v01]

[05.03.28]: Links to digital pictures taken by the Producer (Dr. Pat Fitzgerald) during filming in the USA: [v01] [v02] [v03] [v04]

[05.03.28]: Links to digital pictures taken by the Producer (Dr. Pat Fitzgerald) during filming in Europe: [v01] [v02] [v03] [v04]

Sample Europe Trip Itinerary pages:

[08/14/02] [08/15/02] [08/16/02] [08/17/02] [08/18/02] [08/19/02]

[02.08.16]: Okay! We have NOTES from Howard about the first half of filming the documentary.

[02.06.26]: 60 hours of film (about half the planned shooting), are "in the can" and being edited.

[02.06.14]: filming has begun! Digital photos from onsite, when available, will be announced on the Mad Cowboy Home Page.

[02.05.26: pre-production of the documentary "Mad Cowboy" is already underway. Howard will start filming in June 2002 with a schedule that includes Montana, Texas, New York, Washington D.C., England, France and Germany and is expected to be finish by early 2003. Stay tuned to this site for ongoing updates, images from "on the road", and details as available.


THE STORY (excerpt): "One day, Howard Lyman found himself in a hospital bed confronted with the very real possibility that he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. A tumor on his spine, a one-in-a-million chance of its surgical removal gave him sufficient pause to reflect on what it was that really mattered to he and his wife, Willow Jeane. Howard's "dark night of the soul" liberated him from then on. He saw that he had been caught on a vicious treadmill that was destroying everything he believed in: his parents' organic farm, the animals, the trees, the grass, his marriage, his livelihood, and his health. At over 300 pounds, this former football player had assumed that heavy animal protein, lots of greasy yellow fat, was essential to his well being. But now, from his hospital room, staring at the obese, self-doubting human being that Howard Lyman had become, he awakened to a more conscious way of thinking. He vowed to turn around his life, and his ranch."

The journey led him into the world of organic agriculture, veganism (vegetarianism plus no dairy or eggs), politics (he nearly won a House seat), undermined at the last minute by a bank that deliberately co-opted Montana's most visible vegetarian), and his discovery, early on, of a disease new to history called bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE, or mad-cow."

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THE DIRECTOR: "Michael Tobias is the author of more than 25 books, and the writer, director, producer and/or executive producer of more than 100 films. Some of those works include the 28-part series "A Parliament of Souls", the 15-part series "A Parliament of Minds," the ten-hour dramatic miniseries "Voice of the Planet," and such other productions as "Ahimsa-Non Violence." "Black Tide," "Antarctica: The Last Continent," "A Day in the Life of India," "A Day in the Life of Ireland," "World War III," "The Sky's On-Fire," "River of Love," and "America's Great Parks." Tobias's research has taken him to some 50 countries.

Throughout this personal and artistic odyssey, he has been a fearless advocate for the rights of all living beings. Tobias's works collectively call for a truly sustainable future comprised of beauty, permanence, equity, and peace."


Voice for a Viable Future would like to deeply thank Farm Sanctuary and PETA for their help in our search for footage for the Mad Cowboy documentary. :-)