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Fame isn’t fleeting for Gem Village’s Billy Goat Saloon

Crew members prepare for a dance scene by actress Maria Johnson (Angel) at the fictional topless bar “The Round-Up,” at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village. Epiphany Pictures is filming “Cowboys and Indians” at locations in Colorado and Arizona. Enlarge photo

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Crew members prepare for a dance scene by actress Maria Johnson (Angel) at the fictional topless bar “The Round-Up,” at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village. Epiphany Pictures is filming “Cowboys and Indians” at locations in Colorado and Arizona.

Last year, the Billy Goat Saloon gained national recognition as “Dive Bar of the Month” on the Internet. Now, the Gem Village institution is going for movie-star celebrity.

Epiphany Pictures, a Colorado-based production company, spent three days last week shooting scenes for the firm’s forthcoming release “Cowboys and Indians,” a modern-day drama set and shot mostly in Pagosa Springs and Tucson, Ariz.

It follows the life of Angel (played by Maria Johnson, also known as adult-film star Ruby Knox), a Paiute Indian woman who lives desperately on the edge after having been raped. The Billy Goat stars as The Round-Up, a topless bar where she earns her living. (The Billy Goat has not really gone topless – it’s just showbiz.)

Angel tries her best to raise her son, Gas, the product of the rape, but the 14-year-old runs away from home and is picked up by a hard-up cowboy, Twisty, who was present on the fateful night. As Twisty explains to the boy his mother’s history, the boy is grateful to the cowboy for elucidating many unanswered questions about his past.

Kyle Agnew (“John Carter”) plays Gas, and Catherine Hicks (“Seventh Heaven”), Jeffrey Von Meyer (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Lisa D’Amato (“America’s Next Top Model”) have supporting roles. The film is written and directed by Ian McCrudden. McCrudden’s previous work includes “Äntligen Midsommar - A Swedish Midsummer Comedy” (starring Luke Perry), “Anita O’ Day: The Life of A Jazz Singer;” “Islander;” “Trespassers;” “The Things We Carry;” “The Big Day;” “Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler” and “Trailer – The Movie.” Athena Lobit is the producer.

Epiphany has not given an estimated release date for “Cowboys and Indians.”

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Kyle Agnew plays Gas in the Epiphany Pictures production “Cowboys and Indians.” Some scenes were shot at Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village. The drama is written and directed by Ian McCrudden and produced by Athena Lobit. Enlarge photo

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Kyle Agnew plays Gas in the Epiphany Pictures production “Cowboys and Indians.” Some scenes were shot at Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village. The drama is written and directed by Ian McCrudden and produced by Athena Lobit.

Writer and director Ian McCrudden checks the framing of a shot with camera operator Douglas Chapin on Friday during filming of the Epiphany Pictures production “Cowboys and Indians” at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village. Enlarge photo

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Writer and director Ian McCrudden checks the framing of a shot with camera operator Douglas Chapin on Friday during filming of the Epiphany Pictures production “Cowboys and Indians” at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village.

Kyle Agnew (Gas) runs through a conflict scene with Maria Johnson (Angel) behind the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village during filming of the movie “Cowboys and Indians,” an Epiphany Pictures production. Enlarge photo

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Kyle Agnew (Gas) runs through a conflict scene with Maria Johnson (Angel) behind the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village during filming of the movie “Cowboys and Indians,” an Epiphany Pictures production.

Writer and director Ian McCrudden hugs supporting actress Lisa D’ Amato after a good take during filming of “Cowboys and Indians” on Friday at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village. Enlarge photo

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Writer and director Ian McCrudden hugs supporting actress Lisa D’ Amato after a good take during filming of “Cowboys and Indians” on Friday at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village.

Kyle Agnew, playing the role of Gas, runs through a conflict scene with Maria Johnson, playing the role of Ruby Knox behind the  Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village during the filming of the movie “Cowboys and Indians,” am Epiphany Pictures production. The modern day drama is written and directed by Ian McCrudden and produced by Athena Lobit. Enlarge photo

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Kyle Agnew, playing the role of Gas, runs through a conflict scene with Maria Johnson, playing the role of Ruby Knox behind the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village during the filming of the movie “Cowboys and Indians,” am Epiphany Pictures production. The modern day drama is written and directed by Ian McCrudden and produced by Athena Lobit.

Patrons were welcome watch filming of “Cowboys and Indians” on Friday at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village, but they were asked to be on their best behavior. Enlarge photo

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Patrons were welcome watch filming of “Cowboys and Indians” on Friday at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village, but they were asked to be on their best behavior.