Why It's a Good Time to Revisit Taylor Sheridan's
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At the moment, the disappearance and death of the “vanlife” personality Gabby Petito at the presumed hands of her friend is sweeping the nation and the world on such a pervasive level that it has caused some kind of specific backlash of its own when people too Thousands of people are waking up who are missing or who fall victim to unsolved murders each year that are not beautiful white girls from affluent backgrounds, especially Indigenous American women, who are missing, murdered, or otherwise alarmingly exploited in the United States.

Texas screenwriter and director Taylor Sheridan has generated a lot of buzz lately, especially in the country music world, since his television series Yellowstone featured so many great ones on the Paramount Network independent country artist in its soundtrack, not to mention Sheridan is about to start a second prequel series of the show with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill called 1883. Yellowstone's huge success has helped put artists like Colter Wall and Whiskey Myers on the national map.

Previously, Sheridan was also a screenwriter for the 2015 drug cartel film Sicario, which won numerous awards and was a box office hit, followed by 2016's Hell or High Water, which, like Yellowstone, featured a killer soundtrack that included Colter Wall. Scott H. Biram, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, and others. Hell or High Water was also nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Screenplay and Best Picture.

But the wilder success Taylor Sheridan has had lately has overshadowed what was the third film in the writer's neo-western trilogy about "the modern American frontier," which also included Sicario and Hell or High Water. It's called Wind River and it was released in 2017. It did not receive quite the critical acclaim from Hell or High Water or had the commercial success of Sicario, but it is still an important contribution to the Taylor Sheridan canon that is well worth mentioning in the After Gabby Petito's Disappearance and Death.

Taylor Sheridan was specifically inspired to write the film because of the thousands of stories about indigenous women who were raped, exploited and murdered on and off Indian reservations, with little to no attention paid to the subject from the outside world. The film is about a murder on the Wind River Indian reservation in Wyoming, which an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen), a fish and wildlife tracker (Jeremy Renner) and the chief of police of the tribe (Graham Greene) solve.

Unlike some of Taylor Sheridan's other works, the film isn't just a neo-western style shoot & # 39; em up. It's a thoughtful and nuanced approach to the subject, with just enough action to intrigue you, and is played well by all parties. Taylor Sheridan also directed the film.

Wind River is currently also on Netflix.

The disappearance and death of Gabby Petito is a fond reminder of all the people who go missing or murdered every year with no response for the family. As much as we commend Taylor Sheridan for his efforts to revive Western history in a modern context and for putting cool country artists in the spotlight with his soundtracks, his effort to spark new interest in the disappearing and dying of so many American people Women shouldn't be overlooked, any more than the thousands of missing persons cases each year.


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