USA | 2016 | 87 minutes | Greg Kwedar

Three United States Border Patrol agents working a remote desert checkpoint find themselves in a nail-biting situation and at odds with one another when a routine vehicle inspection reveals an insidious plot within their ranks.

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On a remote outpost along the U.S.-Mexican border, three Border Patrol agents bide their time during the endless stretches between inspections; Flores (Gabriel Luna, Freeheld) and rookie Davis (Johnny Simmons, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) talk movies and women as they track footprints in the Chihuahuan Desert, while the gravel-voiced Hobbs (Clifton Collins, Jr., Capote) bemoans the lack of checkpoint action. During what seems like a routine vehicle inspection late in their shift, Hobbs notices that the American driver in question has no house keys on his keychain. The car peels away with Hobbs' arm lodged in the window, forcing him to open fire. The driver now dead, the three officers discover millions of dollars' worth of cocaine in the trunk. But this is no ordinary day, and one of the agents pulls a gun on the other two, revealing he and his family have been marked by a deadly Mexican cartel; these drugs must be delivered no matter the consequences. As the situation grows deadlier by the minute, the officers must decide which laws to break to remain alive. A lean, atmospheric thriller that addresses border politics without needlessly preaching, Transpecos is a stunning debut from director Greg Kwedar, a Blood Simple-esque nailbiter set in a world of moral uncertainties.

Director Biography
Greg Kwedar is a writer, director, and producer of narrative feature and documentary films. He produced the 2012 documentary Rising From the Ashes about the Rwandan National Cycling Team. Transpecos is his narrative feature directorial debut.

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  • Director: Greg Kwedar
  • Principal Cast: Gabriel Luna, Johnny Simmons, Clifton Collins Jr.
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 87 minutes
  • Producer: Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar, Nancy Schafer, Molly Christie Benson
  • Screenplay: Greg Kwedar, Clint Bentley
  • Cinematographers: Jeffrey Waldron
  • Editors: Alan Canant
  • Music: Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: SXSW 2016 (Narrative Feature Audience Award), Dallas International Film Festival 2016 (Audience Award), Nashville Film Festival 2016 (New Directors Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award, Best Actor), Boston Internation Film Festival 2016 (Grand Jury Prize)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Submarine Entertainment