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Synopsis: A candid examination of James (Scotty) Philip, who overcame countless years of this nation’s wanton buffalo slaughter to become a recognizable leader in the preservation of our iconic American bison.

This in an ENCORE presentation from the 2013 Black Hills Film Festival.



Run Time

60 minutes


Denielle Fisher Johnson (Narrator)

Directed by

Justin Koehler

Produced by

Aaron Pendergast

Executive Producer

Justin Koehler


William Ecker

Director's Bio

Justin Koehler, a South Dakota native, lives and operates in the Denver production scene working with projects airing on History, Discovery, HGTV, Weather Channel, as well as historical films for the U.S. Military and the National Park Service, which includes the PBS series, CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY.

Known as the “Academy Award of the Western Genre”, the Western Heritage Award for Best Documentary was presented to Koehler’s 2018 film, FLOATING HORSES. His most recent documentary, NITA: Hotbed in Deadwood, will be completed in 2021. Koehler’s screenplay, THE MOCHILA, was an Academy Nicholl Fellowships top 10% selection with 3 reads by the committee. His most recent screenplay, THE KUNNECKE KILLINGS, is collecting laurels on the festival circuit.

Koehler is currently Creative Director, Director of Photography, Senior Editor and Screenwriter for Tipping Point Solutions in Denver, Colorado. Tipping Point Solutions produce engaging, thought provoking training films that redefine perception of traditional training videos.

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