Phantom Cowboys

Daniel Patrick Carbone, USA 2018, 93’
Polish premiere
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In his melancholic documentary Daniel Patrick Carbone tells a story of growing up in places where time lapse does not really change anything. At least not in the lives of three different boys living in California, West Virginia and Florida. Larry - rabbit hunter, Nick - football player and Tyler - who has recently became a father, are still young, but do not have many illusions any more. Neither in 2009 nor a few years later, when the director visits them again, often just to see that not all of their dreams have come true. While traveling in time, Carbone is wondering how much in life depends on you, on the color of your skin or on your role model, who is actually stopping you from taking a major step in life. Even though a specific purpose, such as buying a car or a house is everything what has left from the plans of his characters, nobody is pitying themselves. What will be next? Only time will show - says one of them. And what about the famous "American dream"? Apparently it is not meant for everyone.

Marta Bałaga


Lighthouse IFF 2018 – Jury Award for Best Documentary; Sidewalk FF 2018 – Special Jury Prize: Best Documentary Feature

Daniel Patrick Carbone

Director, producer and cinematographer, born in 1984 in New Jersey. In 2008 he graduated from prestigious New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Producer of Chained for Life and  Americana. His first full-length feature film, Hide Your Smiling Faces, was presented at Berlinale and at Tribeca festival, where he returned in 2018 with a documentary that received acclaim - Phantom Cowboys. A co-founder of Flies Collective, a film production company based in Brooklyn.


2008 Feral (short)

2013 Hide Your Smiling Faces

2014 Collective: Unconscious (segment Black Soil, Green Grass)

2016 10:38 (short)

2018 Niewidzialni kowboje / Phantom Cowboys

Cast & Crew

director Daniel Patrick Carbone
screenplay Daniel Patrick Carbone, Thomas Niles, Ryan Scafuro, Annie Waldman
cinematography Ryan Scafuro, Daniel Patrick Carbone
editing Thomas Niles
music Robert Donne
cast Larry Young, Nick Reyes, Tyler Carpenter
producer Ryan Scafuro, Annie Waldman, Daniel Patrick Carbone
production Flies Collective
sales The Film Sales Company
language English
coloration colour
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