Dir. Daniel Patrick Carbone - 2018 - USA
Part time capsule, part folk song, three teenage boys approach adulthood in vastly different parts of the United States. 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.
"Phantom Cowboys, like many long-term documentary projects, has grown and evolved over the eight years since it began. What started as a thematic expansion of a short film (Annie Waldman's 'So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away, 2008) soon proved to be so much more. We made our first trips to Pahokee, Trona, and Parkersburg with little more than a concept: to see and hear the experiences, first hand, of young men as they come of age in small industrial towns with increasingly limited opportunities. By juxtaposing subjects with different backgrounds, from different corners of the country, our goal was to add a unique and specific perspective to an ongoing conversation." Daniel Patrick Carbone
"Beautifully Twists and Bends The Coming-Of-Age Genre" Shadow and Act http://ow.ly/geXd50BMxTb