The Rider


The Main 1 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$30.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Special Presentations
Focus Country: China
Women & Film
Tags:Family Drama
Indigenous Peoples
Native American
Women Directors
Voice Category:Take Me Away
Release Year:2017
Runtime:103 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Director:Chloé Zhao
Producer:Chloé Zhao
Bert Hamelinck
Sacha Ben Harroche
Mollye Asher
Cinematographer:Joshua James Richards
Screenwriter:Chloé Zhao
Editor:Alex O'Flinn
Composer:Nathan Halpern
Principal Cast:Brady Jandreau
Tim Jandreau
Lilly Jandreau
Lane Scott
Cat Clifford


Closing Presentation | Lead Actor Brady Jandreau Attending!

Admission includes entrance to the Closing Night Party at the A-Mill Club Room following the film screening.

In Chloé Zhao’s resoundingly human film The Rider, the narrative is framed as both documentary and drama focused on 20-year-old rising rodeo star Brady Blackburn (played by Brady Jandreau) as he undergoes a crisis of identity. In America’s heartland, Brady suffers a head injury that almost kills him; forcing him to pick up the pieces of a life that has forever changed. A truly unique feature, the characters in The Rider, including Brady, are members of the actual Jandreau family, who have experienced events identical to many in the film.

Both a meditation on the meaning of masculinity in America and an exercise in healing broken dreams, Zhao’s film is a one-of-a-kind work of cinema that relies on the strength of the Jandreaus, particularly Brady himself. At the film’s heart is the story of the titular young rider facing a crossroads—to build back his identity, or create something new.

Director Biography

Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao studied film at Mount Holyroke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. 2015 saw Zhao’s feature-film debut with Songs My Brother Taught Me, a work that screened at Sundance and as part of the Director’s Fortnight selection at Cannes.



"The Rider is a rare gem, a small, acutely observed portrait of a few lives on what used to be the frontier but is now a desolate backwater." - Hollywood Reporter


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