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 young people in small town America and beyond.
DANIEL PATRICK CARBONE (director/cinematographer) was selected for the IFP Narrative Labs, Emerging Visions program, and the New York Film Festival’s Artists Academy in 2012 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. After being named the Best Film Still Awaiting Distribution by the National Society of Film Critics, the film was released theatrically and digitally by Tribeca Film in 2014 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 director of photography currently living in London. His past two films AMERICAN RENAISSANCE and BENDING STEEL have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and his work has been featured at the Sundance, Tribeca, and Hot Docs Film Festivals, among others. BENDING STEEL aired on DirecTV in 2015, won the Emerging Cinematic Vision and Audience Awards at the Camden International Film Festival, and was nominated for the Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award. As a cinematographer, his nearly twenty years of credits include Laura Poitras’ recent film RISK, and the Emmy Award winning THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART.
ANNIE P. WALDMAN (producer) graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Film & Television. She worked under several documentary filmmakers in the New York area before directing and producing her short documentary, SO THE WIND WON’T BLOW IT ALL AWAY, which has been showcased at the Sundance Film Festival, among many others, and nationally broadcast on PBS. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for documentary filmmaking to Israel and the French Cite International Des Arts Filmmaker Residency.