Hitting the SXSW Film Festival later this week is Greg Kwedar's wild Border Patrol drama, "Transpecos." As Kwedar himself explains, "'Transpecos' follows three U.S. Border Patrol agents (Flores, Davis, and Hobbs), best friends and partners, during one day on the job in a lonely section of the desert. What begins like most days, where the boredom and heat is so severe it can choke you, becomes a violent journey into the strange heart of the border."
Kwedar added, "My writing partner and I, Clint Bentley, spent over four years researching and writing this script. Border Patrol is a very insular agency, and to push past the bureaucracy and into the hearts of the men and women who do this job we had to venture out into the desert ourselves. There we'd often find agents bored out of their minds eager to talk to anyone with a pulse, and we'd pretend to be lost tourists with an upside down map. As soon as they saw us as people who were genuinely curious about their work and not there to judge them — the stories started to flow. This evolved into closing bars in one stop light towns with agents and from there we started to build these characters, and this world. This is my feature debut as a director and I couldn't be more proud to unveil it in front of the incredible audiences of SXSW."
"Transpecos" includes plenty of recognizable stars and talents, including Clifton Collins, Jr. (who plays Hobbs), Johnny Simmons (who plays Davis) and Gabriel Luna (who plays Flores.) The score is by Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, the lead guitarists from the band The National.
Check out out our exclusive clip from the film above, and its brand new poster below.
"Transpecos" premieres at SXSW on Sunday, March 13.