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May 3, 2014

Documentary in Panhandle

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Panhandle is one of the most remote areas of the Sooner State, but a new documentary film may shed some light on issues residents are facing.

“Lone Man’s Land” follows a family as they struggle to keep the ranching life alive in the face of rising costs. The film’s website was unveiled Friday along with a short teaser.

Filmmaker Ezra Gentle said he became interested in making a film set in the Panhandle after reading an article about Boise City. He then connected with Sheila Bright, a writer who had written a story about the tiny Panhandle community of Kenton, located in extreme far western Oklahoma, and was convinced he needed to see it for himself. Kenton, the only community in Oklahoma located in the Mountain Time Zone, has a population of about 20 people, mainly ranch families.

The film features Jane and Bob Apple, who run the Hitching Post Ranch near Kenton, and their adult son, Leston. Jane Apple said she hopes the documentary teaches people not familiar with the farming and ranching industry about the hardships they can face.

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