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FLOATING HORSES reveals the rags to riches story of Rodeo legend and Western movie star Casey Tibbs.
FLOATING HORSES reveals the rags to riches story of Rodeo legend and Western movie star Casey Tibbs.
FLOATING HORSES reveals the rags to riches story of Rodeo legend and Western movie star Casey Tibbs.
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"A Bad Hoss"
"A Bad Hoss"

INTRODUCTION

The past two years of Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs has been a momentous and historic journey. To-date, funding for Casey's film has come entirely from you; the fans of Casey Tibbs. We have received no major studio or sponsorship backing, thus your generous contributions are why we have accomplished so much and we thank you for that. Altogether, Floating Horses has completed on-camera interviews with DEB COPENHAVER, BILLY ETBAUER, DUDE SMITH, CHARLIE DANIELS, DAVID CORLEW, JIM KORKOW, TJ KORKOW, GAIL WOERNER, BAXTER BLACK, RED STEAGALL, JOHNNY HOLLOWAY, BILLIE SUTTON, DEAN SMITH, ALEX CORD, IAN TYSON, WYATT MCCREA, TERRANCE ETZKORN, CLEO HARRINGTON, SANDRA TIBBS, SUNNY HANNUM, BETH DONLEY, DAYLE ANGYAL, JAMIE NUDIE, JEB ROSEBROOK, DOROTHY ROSEBROOK, JOHN DUFFY and ERNIE KING of WESTERN HORSEMAN. On top of that, three-time NFR qualifier, COLE ELSHERE, is cast for the role of Casey Tibbs in our reenactment scenes. Furthermore, we unearthed rare memorabilia, forgotten photographs, vintage movie scenes, interviews with Casey himself, and Casey’s personal collection of 16mm films!

"'71 DUDE RIDE" - original 2x2 transparency film
"'71 DUDE RIDE" - original 2x2 transparency film

WHAT AM I SUPPORTING?

The editing phase of Floating Horses has begun, and we are thrilled with the story that is unfolding. This phase, however, will bring specific challenges for us as independent filmmakers. We would like to incorporate the MOVIES, DOCUMENTARIES, TV SHOWS, GAME SHOWS and TALK SHOWS that Casey appeared in throughout his life. In order for this footage to be featured within Floating Horses, we must purchase the rights from major networks and private entities who license this footage. Licensing fees come at a high price, so money raised during this campaign will go toward obtaining these Casey Tibbs scenes. Here's a link to programs we'd like to purchase: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0862571/. The more money we raise, then the more programs we can include within Floating Horses.

RARE 35mm Rodeo Footage, ca. 1920
RARE 35mm Rodeo Footage, ca. 1920
Choose two Casey Tibbs 8x8 prints. Scroll down to view larger images.
Choose two Casey Tibbs 8x8 prints. Scroll down to view larger images.

THE DIRECTOR

Justin Koehler has lived and operated in the Denver production scene for the past 9 years working with projects airing on History, Discovery, Weather Channel, HGTV, DIY Network, as well as historical films for the United States Military and the National Park Service. These NPS films include: Shiloh National Military Park, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Petroglyph National Monument, and the 2014 PBS series, Civil War: The Untold Story

When Koehler decided to share his own vision on screen, he was drawn to the rich history of his home state of South Dakota. His preceding film, The Buffalo King: The Man Who Saved the American Bison, is an award-winning documentary on the film festival circuit, Internationally screen, and distributed to PBS channels throughout the United States in 2014-2015. In a mere 2 month period on PBS, The Buffalo King was broadcasted in over 7.3 MILLION HOMES! 

Koehler pinpointed Casey Tibbs as his succeeding documentary midway through the production of The Buffalo King, and he is honored to be the first filmmaker to feature Casey’s story on the big screen. Casey is often credited with elevating Professional Rodeo to National attention, branding him ‘the Babe Ruth of Rodeo.’ His flamboyant lifestyle included plush, purple Cadillacs and flashy cowboy attire. Akin to riding a wild bronc in competition, Casey’s unpredictable life had its grand victories and cheerless crashes. Tighten your cinch and get ready to “Let’er Buck!”

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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU EXCEED THE GOAL AMOUNT?
If we exceed our goal, we will put the extra funds into MORE movies, documentaries, TV shows, game shows, and talk shows that Casey appeared in. On top of that, we will direct funds toward our reenactment scenes with Cole Elshere, sound sweetening, and musical score for the film. Overall, we want to make Casey's film the best it can be!

DO YOU HAVE TO REACH YOUR GOAL?
Yes, we need to reach or exceed our goal of $5,000 in order to keep any of the pledges for the film. If we don’t reach our goal, no one will be charged for their pledge and it will be as if this whole thing never happened. It’s all or nothing.

WHEN IS THE RELEASE DATE?
"Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs" is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2015.

CAN I SHARE THIS WITH MY FRIENDS?
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    A BAD HOSS
    Enjoy a high resolution scan of Charles Russell's stunning watercolor circa 1905. You can print it, frame it, and savor it for years to come!

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    BUFFALO KING
    Perk above included, plus download of "The Buffalo King: The Man Who Saved the American Bison", an award-winning film by "Floating Horses" director Justin Koehler.

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    *** FLOATING HORSES ***
    2 perks above included, plus download of "Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs" documentary film.

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    '71 DUDE RIDE
    3 perks above included, plus this classic image of Casey Tibbs in a 4x6 print.

    168 original transparencies of Casey were discovered and digitized for preservation.

    <--- Your 4x6 print is from this transparency!

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    IN HIS OWN WORDS
    4 perks above included, plus download of a 8m42s radio interview with Casey Tibbs.

    Interview will be delivered after the official DVD release of "Floating Horses".

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    RARE RODEO
    5 perks above included, plus download of rare rodeo footage circa 1920.

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    DOUBLE DOWN
    6 perks above included, plus YOU choose 2 images of Casey's ventures in 8x8 prints.

    168 transparencies of Casey were discovered and digitized for preservation.

    <--- These prints are from that private collection!

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    TALKIN’ TIBBS
    7 perks above included, plus Justin Koehler, director of "Floating Horses", will call you to discuss Casey’s film.

    You also receive a BORN TO BUCK credit (Special Thank You) during the end credits of the film.

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    SNEAK PEEK!
    8 perks above included, plus a 15 minute sneak peek of "Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs".

    Sneak peek will be delivered before the film’s official theatrical release.

    You also receive an exclusive THE CHAMP credit (Associate Producer) during the end credits of the film.

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