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Phantom Cowboys

Producers Ryan Scafuro, Annie P. Waldman


Part time capsule, part folk song, Phantom Cowboys follows three teenage boys as they 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.

About The Team

Daniel Patrick Carbone (Director, Producer, Cinematographer) After a childhood spent with a camera in his hand, Daniel Patrick Carbone graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2008. In 2012, he was selected for the IFP Narrative Labs, Emerging Visions program, and the New York Film Festival’s Artists Academy for his debut feature film, Hide Your Smiling Faces. The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013. It was also named the Best Film Still Awaiting Distribution by the National Society of Film Critics. Subsequently, in 2014, Hide Your Smiling Faces was released theatrically and digitally by Tribeca Film and was named a Critic’s Pick® by the New York Times. In 2016, Daniel co-directed collective:unconscious, an experimental anthology feature that had its world premiere in the Narrative Competition at SXSW. He is co-founder of the Brooklyn-based production company Flies Collective.

Ryan Scafuro (Producer, Cinematographer) is an American filmmaker and cinematographer currently living in London. His most recent film Phantom Cowboys will be premiering at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. His past two films American Renaissance and Bending Steel have also premiered at TFF. Bending Steel was broadcast nationally on DirecTV and distributed digitally by Bond/360, won both the Emerging Cinematic Vision and Audience Awards at the Camden International Film Festival, and was nominated for the Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award. His cinematography work has screened at Sundance and has won an Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and a Peabody award. On the small screen, he worked as director of photography on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and was brought on to lens Samantha Bee’s late night show Full Frontal.