Will Fraser will be releasing the new documentary film Cowboy And Preacher: The Life And Times Of Tri Robinson on DVD on June 5. Tri Robinson, an evangelical pastor in Idaho who is also a life-long environmentalist, has battled throughout his life to try to get conservative Christians, many of whom do not take the environment seriously, to realize that being a conservative Christian and an environmentalist are not mutually exclusive.
Most environmental films seem to be framed for a liberal audience - i.e. they preach to the converted. Cowboy And Preacher aims at the unconverted, while also offering liberals and non-Christians a fascinating portrayal of conservative evangelical life, values and mindset. This film is absolutely timely. Not only is the destruction of the environment probably the most important issue facing all people, but also many American politicians and voters are in denial about it. In the film we see the efforts Tri makes to create a green conservative church and unite this with his life as a rancher, all the while developing a Christian system of ideas that unites environmentalism with moral development and action.
Tri Robinson communicates with a passion that embraces his diverse life experiences as the backdrop for the greater purpose to see the world changed for the better. At the very core of this cause is reformation on many fronts - a deep, authentic walk with God, innovative education, ethical godly leadership, and living a sustainable lifestyle that leaves a positive impact on the environment.
Driven by a strong faith and passion for the Kingdom of God, Tri has given the greater part of his adult life to Christian leadership. After a profound life-changing experience in 1980 while working among the Karen Hill Tribe people on the border of Burma and Thailand, he and his wife Nancy made the decision that Tri would leave public education and enter fulltime ministry. They served for eight years as associate pastors for the Desert Vineyard in Lancaster, California. In 1989, they moved to Idaho to establish and build the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Boise. Over the next 25 years Vineyard Boise grew into a strong outreaching church with a membership of about 3000 people. They have developed a 25-acre campus of facilities which serves the community around them as well as the world's poor.
About Will Fraser:
Will Fraser is an award winning documentary filmmaker. He was educated at three contrasting universities - Dalhousie in Canada, Cambridge in the UK, and the University of Mississippi in the USA. He is a musician, writer and filmmaker, fired by the will to make change through filmmaking. He has won numerous awards for his documentaries that make classical music fascinating and accessible (BBC Music Magazine "best DVD" twice, and the Deutschenschallplattenkritikpreis three times). These music films include Martinikerk Rondeau, The Genius of Cavaillé-Coll and Maximum Reger. He is fascinated by America and has made three films about the country so far - Soul Searching for the Blues, Once Upon a Time in Knoxville and Cowboy and Preacher: The Life and Times of Tri Robinson. Outwardly he is mild mannered, but in his heart he follows the burning film sense of directors like Sam Peckinpah.