Rhinestone Cowboy is the rags-to-rhinestone-riches story of Nudie Cohn, the son of a Jewish bootmaker, who fled religious persecution in his native Russia and escaped to New York in 1913, at age eleven, to pursue his dream of designing clothes for western film and music stars. Surviving the Depression and multiple setbacks, Nudie persevered to create the spectacularly embroidered and sparkly garments made famous by scores of entertainers from Roy Rogers to Elvis Presley, grand ole’ opry stars Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, rock’n’rollers like the Rolling Stones, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Janis Joplin and Sir Elton John – and worn most recently at the 2019 Oscars ceremony by nominated songwriters Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.


THE FILMMAKERS:

Petrine Day Mitchum (Producer/Director/Writer) is an author and former Hollywood story editor and analyst for The Ladd Company, Pathe, TriStar Pictures and DreamWorks. She is an award-winning filmmaker whose short films (Under The Thinking Cap, with artist Pippa Garner and Out of Gas, with Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in a spoof of their film noir classic, Out of the Past) have appeared on Saturday Night Live! In 2018, Out of Gas was licensed by Turner Classic Movies. Petrine was a co-producer of Stewart/Mitchum, Two Faces of America, a documentary about James Stewart and Robert Mitchum. The critically acclaimed feature documentary was licensed by Turner Classic Movies and debuted on the TCM Channel in January, 2019. Petrine co-wrote Nudie’s memoir with him in 1978 and has hours of original recordings of Nudie and his famous clients, making her uniquely poised to tell his story.

Holly George-Warren (Producer/Director/Writer) is a two-time Grammy nominee and an award-winning writer, editor, and music consultant. She’s served as a producer and consulting producer on several documentary films, including Muscle Shoals (which premiered at Sundance in 2013); the 2014 and 2013 PBS films Hitmakers and Nashville 2.0; Barbara Kopple’s Woodstock Now and Then, and as a commentator/writer on the PBS documentary Women Who Rock, among others, including programming on CBS (CBS Sunday Morning), NBC, the Biography Channel, MTV, CMT, VH1, and others. The co-author of “How The West Was Worn,” (Abrams) which was a companion to a museum show at the Autry National Center, Holly is an authority on the history of western fashion.