Part time capsule, part folk song, and nearly a decade in the making, Phantom Cowboys follows three teenage boys as they approach adulthood in vastly different parts of the United States, though they do share one thing in common–their environs and ways of life have long lacked any significant (not to mention sincere) representation on screen. Moving fluidly between the deserts of California, the valleys of West Virginia, and the sugarcane fields of Florida, the film explores the lives of these young men during two formative periods–transitioning forward and backward in time over a span of eight years. Larry, Nick, and Ty navigate their teenage and early-adult years through a series of interconnected vignettes, candidly narrated in their own words. The film’s unique structure–inspired by human memory–results in a striking meditation on youth, tradition, and the evolving hopes and dreams of modern adolescence.
Director Daniel Patrick Carbone and producer Ryan Scafuro to be in attendance for 4/28 and 4/29 screenings!
- year 2018
- rating MT
- runtime 93
- director Daniel Patrick Carbone
- country USA
- Genre Black Viewpoints, Coming of Age, Documentary
- Programs Altered States: New Directions in American CInema