Back to IndieWire

Watch: Exclusive Clip from SXSW Premiere ‘Transpecos’ Leaves You in the Desert

Watch: Exclusive Clip from SXSW Premiere 'Transpecos' Leaves You in the Desert

READ MORE: Ethan Hawke, Jake Gyllenhaal and More Headline 2016 SXSW Features Lineup

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

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.

READ MORE: 7 Hidden Gems in the 2016 SXSW Features Lineup

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: News and tagged

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox