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Voted Best Film of 2018 - The Rider - at GBC, January 31

The Rider, a film about injured bronc riders that features actual cowboys – not actors -- will be shown January 31 at 3 pm at the Great Basin College Theater

Voted Best Film of 2018 - The Rider - at GBC, January 31 graphic.The movie was recently voted “Best Picture of the Year” by the National Society of Film Critics, and is brought to Elko by Great Basin College and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

“This is a must-see film for anyone close to the cowboy life,” says Russ Minter, GBC Film Festival chair. “The film’s portrayal is strikingly authentic. The audience will be moved watching a young cowboy redefine his life after suffering a near-fatal head injury.”

Ticket prices for The Rider are $10 for the general public and $7 for students & seniors. NCPG day pass holders get in free. The Rider is the first of six films to be shown during the 14th GBC Film Festival which strives to bring independent films to the Elko area that have never appeared in local theaters.

Oscar nominated documentary, animated and live action short films are local community favorites, and are screened at the Western Folklife Center. Tickets are $10 each night, or $25 for all three nights. Tickets are on sale now at the WFC gift shop. Food will be served at intermission during these screenings.

2019 independent films at the Western Folklife Center:

  • Thursday, February 14 - Oscar nominated documentary short films, 6 p.m. Culinary sponsor: Garibaldi's.
  • Friday, February 15 - Oscar nominated animated short films, 6 p.m. Culinary sponsor: Pizza Barn.
  • Saturday, February 16 - Oscar nominated live action short films, 6 p.m. Culinary sponsor: Double Dice.

2019 films at the Great Basin College Theater:

  • Friday, February 22 - The Great Buster, 6 p.m. Culinary sponsor: Two Sisters. Appetizers are served beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the GBC Theater.
  • Saturday, February 23 – Beautiful Boy, 6 p.m. at the GBC theater. Culinary sponsor: Arbillaga Catering.

The GBC Film Festival thanks the following film and culinary sponsors:

  • ABE/ESL Dept, GBC
  • Jan King & Dr. David Hogle
  • Stick With Us Amusements, LLC
  • Solace Tattoo
  • Garibaldi’s
  • Pizza Barn
  • Double Dice
  • Two Sisters
  • Arbillaga Catering
  • 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
  • Western Folklife Center

For more information about films or the GBC Film Festival, contact Russ Minter at 738-1533 or go to

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Kayla McCarson
Director, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (775) 753-2105

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