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Annie Silverstein on Her Acclaimed Rodeo Drama ‘Bull,’ Working With Non-Actors

Annie Silverstein on Her Acclaimed Rodeo Drama ‘Bull,’ Working With Non-Actors

For her feature narrative film debut ‘Bull,’ director Annie Silverstein chose to explore a world few people know about; that of the black rodeo circuit in Texas. The film stars Rob Morgan, a recent standout in “Just Mercy,” as Abe, an ex-bull rider who still works the circuit despite the toll it’s taken on his body. Newcomer Amber Havard plays his 14-year-old neighbor Kris, who forges an unlikely friendship with Abe. With Kris’ mother in prison, she is searching for family and connection, which she finds on the rodeo circuit. The film premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it earned raves, before going on to win the grand jury prize at the 2019 Deauville Film Festival. It is now available through video on demand.

Silverstein came to filming through her youth work. “I was using it as a way of working with teenagers; it was about using

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