How a cowboy from South Dakota and a filmmaker from Beijing came together on the critically acclaimed indie 'The Rider'

Born in Beijing in 1983, filmmaker Chloé Zhao wasn’t exposed to any American movies until the mid-1990s, when China began to open itself up to the West. Once she was, she quickly became entranced. “When Western culture came in, it was like a tsunami because we’d been closed off for so long,” Zhao says, rattling off the titles of films she remembers seeing: “True Lies,” “Sister Act,” “Aliens,” “Indecent Proposal,” “Pretty Woman.”