"Old cowboys are the saddest and most touching figures."
- Wim Wenders
This is the quote that inspired the piece. When director Chelsea McMullan read it, her friend Don Cope immediately came to mind. Don Cope (the protagonist) is the real deal, he is no weekend cowboy, and unfortunately over the course of the two years while shooting a documentary up in Deadman’s Creek, she watched his body begin to fail him. Eventually he had a stroke, which forced him to stop riding; in Don's mind this was a kind of death. The white horse revealed at the end of the video was Don’s actual horse Ferouk, who was also his best friend. While we were shooting, Don was overcome with emotion and began to cry, a few months after we finished shooting he had to be admitted into a retirement home. Chelsea always told Don she would come back and shoot him riding Ferouk, but by the time she got back up there he wasn't able to ride anymore. The closest thing she could think of was to film him, carrying the bust of a horse. Chelsea wanted to immortalize Don Cope, freeze him in time, so no matter what he could remember himself the way he wanted, as a cowboy. It was a cathartic experience for both Don and Chelsea. Shot entirely in Deadman's Creek, British Columbia, Canada the piece serves as the music video for Canadian singer Rae Spoon's single "I'll Be A Ghost For You", which is taken from his original score for the documentary Deadman.
Director - Chelsea McMullan
Photography - Matthew J. Lloyd
Editor: Avril Jacobson
Music - Rae Spoon
Talent - Don Cope
Produced by What Matters Most
Shot in Deadman's Creek, British Columbia, Canada
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