Directed by Chloé Zhao, the docudrama The Rider presents a fictionalized version of South Dakota rodeo rider Brady Jandreau’s recovery from a near-fatal accident that left the young horseman permanently injured and unable to compete in rodeos. Jandreau stars as Brady Blackburn, whose skull is crushed after he is thrown from and stepped on by his horse during a rodeo. The Rider follows the efforts of the Lakota cowboy to adjust to his new life outside the rodeo circuit. Jandreau’s family—sister Lilly and father Tim—join him in the film as well as Jandreau’s friend Lane Scott, a bull rider who was left partially paralyzed following a car accident in 2013. Chloé Zhao, who previously directed the 2015 drama Songs My Brothers Taught Me, shot The Rider at South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, where Brady Jandreau lives. The Rider premiered locally during this year’s SXSW Film Festival and opened April 27 in Austin.
Aired: April 26, 2018