‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Co-produced by Current Student Rachel Ward on Netflix

BY Felix van Kann, March 20, 2020

The Ballad of Lefty Brown, a feature-length western co-produced by current student Rachel Ward, is now available to stream on Netflix. The 2017 film was distributed by A24 and stars Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda and Tommy Flanagan. 


Ward commented, “The Ballad of Lefty Brown was shot in the beautiful state of Montana on 35mm film. After our premiere at South By Southwest, we were thrilled when A24 acquired the rights and released it theatrically in 2017. Now with Netflix in the mix, we're happy that more people will be able to see this classic western.” 


When cowboy Lefty Brown witnesses the murder of his longtime partner—the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson—he strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend's gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger and an old friend, a hard-drinking U.S. Marshall, to help deliver the men to justice.


A California native, Ward has been a producer on seven feature films such as Super Dark Times, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Darkness Visible, Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest and Space Station 76. She earned a Bachelor's degree at the University of Southern California and is currently working towards an MFA in directing at Columbia.