The “Yellowstone” director of photography has won the coveted Patsy Montana Award from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Christina Voros worked her way up on the “Yellowstone” set, starting out as a camera operator. By Season 2, she was the director of photography, a role she reprised for Season 4. She’s even directed four episodes of the hit Paramount Network series, per Cowboys & Indians.
Voros stands as the lone female director and cinematographer on the top cable drama. And her interest in Westerns extends beyond “Yellowstone.” She’s also working on her own independent feature film, “Valentine.” It draws on West Texas lives and land.
Who Was Patsy Montana and Why the Award?
‘Patsy Montana’ may not ring any bells to younger generations of country music fans. But the Depression-era singing sensation was the first female country artist to score a breakout hit. Her polka-infused “I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” which she released in 1935, made the yodeling singer a national act.
According to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Montana deliberately cultivated a cowgirl image. She also went on to record other hits, among them “Swing Time Cowgirl.” The singer kept touring and recording right up until she died. She joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honored Montana in 1987. The Hall of Fame later created the award in her name. Their goal? To elevate women in the entertainment industry who have tried to advance the cowgirl tradition.
‘Yellowstone’ Cinematographer Is Also Telling Stories About Young Cowgirls
As for Voros, the “Yellowstone” DP is a daughter of Hungarian refugees who studied at Harvard and NYU. She got her filmmaking start making documentaries.
The cinematographer became involved with the National Cowgirl Museum five years ago. At the time, she was working on a “year in the life” documentary about young cowgirls who are committed to living the ranching life. That project has since moved to the back burner. But Voros hopes to return to it someday.
“We are accustomed to seeing women in front of the camera instead of behind,” Museum associate executive director Dr. Diana Vela said in a press release. “So we are particularly pleased to honor Voros. She is a role model for other young women who have a desire to create behind the lens and become part of the larger conversation around diversity and inclusion in media.”
In accepting the award, Voros joins a vaunted line of entertainment industry figures. Among them are Emmylou Harris, Callie Khouri and Jessie the Cowgirl from “Toy Story 2.”