Meet the Dream Behind “The Divide”

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Fans of films such as LAND, Hud, or Lonely Are the Brave will love Perry King’s The Divide; this classic American western is shot entirely in black and white and is sure to captivate western lovers worldwide.

King calls his masterpiece “A new film with old values,” which perfectly sums up the themes, mood, and storytelling of The Divide.

Between Russ Rayburn’s prowess for production, Jana Brown’s intensely moving writing, and King’s compelling acting and directing, it is no wonder The Divide has accrued many accolades and awards since its 2018 debut.

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Despite The Divide being Brown’s first film, she took home awards like ‘Best Foreign Feature,’ ‘Best First Time Screenwriter,’ ‘Best Modern Western Screenplay,’ ‘Best First Time Feature Filmmakers,’ and even International Independent Film Awards’ esteemed ‘Silver Award – Screenplay.’ Rayburn accumulated his own fair share of awards such as ‘Best Cinematography,’ ‘Platinum Remi Award for Best Western,’ ‘Gold Award – Cinematography,’ and ‘Best Feature Film.’

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Brown and Rayburn were not alone in receiving high praise and recognition in The Divide; King found similar prosperity in both his portrayal of Sam Kincaide and as the director of The Divide. While he is an experienced actor and a veteran of the entertainment industry, The Divide is King’s first time being behind the camera. Not many directors are able to boast the success that King found directing The Divide—garnering awards like ‘Best First Time Director,’ ‘Platinum Remi Award for Best Western,’ ‘Silver Award, Narrative Feature,’ ‘Best Dramatic Feature,’ and ‘Debut Filmmaker Award’ along with many others.

Between these three masterminds, The Divide was bound to be a success from the very beginning. All and all, this dream team has taken home 26 out of their 38 award nominations and securing invitations to over 15 film festivals in a few short years.

Set in 1976 on a drought-plagued ranch located in “the divide,” this classic American Western follows Sam Kincaid (King) as he rages his battles against Alzheimer’s Disease, a harsh landscape, and a haunted past. When it becomes apparent that Sam’s struggle with his failing memory may be a losing one, Luke Higgins (Bryan Kaplan), a migrant ranch hand, contacts Sarah Kincaid (Sara Arrington), Sam’s estranged daughter, to come to the ranch and care for her father.


Sarah’s arrival brings light to dark family history, and through the impactful acting, highlights the consequences of absence. In an interview following the 2018 release of The Divide, King elaborated on Sam’s tragic struggle with his land, family, and mind, “the movie’s about drought in many respects. The drought of the land, the drought of your family, and your personal life. And for this old man I play, the drought of the mind.”

Since its release, The Divide has accumulated hundreds of glowing reviews like “The Divide is destined to become a neoclassic motion picture. With superb dramatic storytelling through pitch-perfect acting, stark compelling black and white cinematography, and traditional noir style visual elements.” or “An uncommonly compelling and emotionally rich drama.”

Between awards, glowing reviews, and a talented cast and crew, The Divide is going to go down in history as one of the best westerns of its time.

The Divide is available for streaming on Amazon Prime, Tubi, Apple TV +, and Vudu!

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