GGG Film Productions Announces; Legendary Actor Slim Pickens: Alive and Well via The Spirit of His Daughter

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Award-winning character actor Slim Pickens' daughter, Daryle Ann Lindley Giardino and her husband and co-executive producer of Behind The Gate to receive the National Cowboy Museum's Western Heritage Award.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is proud to announce that "Behind the Gate" will be awarded the prestigious Wrangler Award for Outstanding Documentary to be given at the Western Heritage Awards in April.

Little did character actor Slim Pickens of Dr. Stranglelove, Blazing Saddles, One-Eyed Jacks, The Cowboys and a host of other great films and television programs know that lightning would strike his family twice. His daughter, Daryle Ann Lindley-Giardino, has just been named winner of the Western Heritage Museum’s prestigious Wrangler Award. Literally decades after her father won the very same award, Lindley – Giardino will accept her award on April 12 in the great state of Oklahoma and come full circle with her father’s past.

Executive producer and co-writer, Daryle Ann Lindley – Giardino said, "Tears came to my eyes when I heard that our film, Behind The Gate had won the prestigious Wrangler Award. This award is not just an award to me. It means more than I could possibly put into words. To be honored by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum warms my heart because I grew up in the Western tradition." Lindley-Giardino went on to say, "It’s like Dad was smiling down on me and saying, 'Now you have your own Wrangler to put on the mantel next to mine.'" Pickens won the Wrangler in 1971 for the film, The Cowboys.

Lindley Giardino continued, "I cherish this way of life and I am so humbled by the acknowledgement and award from the Western Heritage Museum."

Catherine Creppon said, "The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is proud to announce that 'Behind the Gate' will be awarded the prestigious Wrangler Award for Outstanding Documentary to be given at the Western Heritage Awards in April," said Catherine Creppon, director of public relations. "The Western Heritage Awards honor those who tell the great stories of the West, both past and present, with accuracy and artistic quality.”

The film which is being sponsorsed by The Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia California is one of the most positive looks at the sport ever made. Lindley-Giardino said, "Santa Anita Race Track is one of the most beautiful tracks in the world. To have them as partners in the launch of this film is absolutely amazing." Lindley-Giardino continued, "The folks at Santa Anita have really made a move forward with their new investment in the track, this sport and our film. We can't thank them enough, especially the new President of Santa Anita, Tom Ludts for their support and faith."

The film, which stars Academy Award Winner Joe Pesci will be released by Yekra.com, -the distribution team behind one of the most succesful online film launches in history, 'Sirius'- on May 15, 2014. For more information on the film, please visit behindthegatemovie.com or facebook.com/behindthegatemovie.

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