Film with local ties earning praise


Photo courtesy of Philip, SD, the town named after Scotty Philip

Hays Post

A documentary about a western hero with local ties is receiving national acclaim.  “The Buffalo King” details the life and work of James “Scotty” Philip, a man from Scotland who immigrated to the US and is credited with saving the American bison from extinction.

Philip came to the US in 1874 with two of his brothers and joined the third brother, George Philip, in Victoria.  He continued to work farmland in the area for about a year before moving to what would later become South Dakota. His wife Sarah (Sally) Larribee was half French, half Sioux.  His wife’s sister Helen was married to a well known Oglala chief: Crazy Horse.

The film won Best Documentary Feature at the South Dakota Film Festival, was a nominee for the same award at the Black Hills Film Festival, and has been accepted by the Documentary Feature Committee as an official selection at the 2014 Fargo Film Festival. It has also been featured at the following events.

  • DocuWest Documentary Film Festival
  • Film Fest Twain Harte
  • National Bison Association Summer Conference
  • American Bison Society and Wildlife Conservation Society Conference and Workshop
  • South Dakota Festival of Books

Below is a trailer from the film, which was written by Justin Koehler and Aaron Pendergast.

  • Animal lover

    I hope this film will change the mentalities & hearts of hunters & trappers in present day Kansas!