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During the summer of '66, a former rodeo champion and cattle auctioneer from Oklahoma bonds tightly with his young grandson from suburban Pennsylvania while teaching him a few tricks from his previous trades. Shot entirely in rural Pennsylvania, Calf Rope captures the intense love that grandparents often share with their grandchildren and the legacy that lives on long after they have gone.

Director Statement

Loosely based on my childhood memories of the tight bond I had with my Grandad Mac, CALF ROPE focuses on the legacy that he unknowingly left behind that influenced me as to what it means to be the playful, connected, and active grandpa that I strive to be with my own two young grandchildren today. CALF ROPE means more to me on a personal level than any other creative endeavor I’ve ever embarked on. It truly feels like my entire life has led to this moment in time for the purpose of telling this story of the importance of leaving a long-lasting legacy for the generations beyond through the wonder and magic of cinema.

Director Biography - Bradley Hawkins

Actor/Director, Bradley Hawkins, made his directorial debut for the big screen in 2015 with his award-winning comedy short, ROLLER COASTER. After starting a career as an actor in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1990s, Hawkins and his family moved to Lancaster, PA where he taught film studies, and humanities courses at the high school level, and directed several stage productions. Now retired from teaching, Hawkins has picked up where he left off 25 years ago, and his recent acting credits include the lead role in LOBSTER CAGE and supporting roles on television in, COLD CASE, UNUSUAL SUSPECTS, MURDER BOOK, and DEADLINE: CRIME. As a film director, screenwriter, and producer, Hawkins won 10 awards for his comedy short, ROLLER COASTER, and 21 awards for his comedy-fantasy short, FILLING IN.

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  • Runtime
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Bradley Hawkins
  • Screenwriter
    Jake Stetler, Bradley Hawkins
  • Producer
    Sarah Hawkins
  • Cast
    Gorman Ruggiero, Lukas Barnett, Avery Kellington, Jackie Walker