Joe's a suburban convenience store clerk with big dreams of becoming a cowboy so he packs his boots and relocates to South Texas to learn from the real deal. His idea of the mythic cowboy is quickly shattered however when he finds himself holed up in a town that survives on a human smuggling trade.

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Joe's a suburban convenience store clerk with big dreams of becoming a cowboy so he packs his boots and relocates to South Texas to learn from the real deal. His idea of the mythic cowboy is quickly shattered however when he finds himself holed up in a town that survives on a human smuggling trade. A few nightmarish twists and turns and Joe's given the opportunity to live out his dream when a family of Mexican immigrants facing certain death need his help. Written by WJM

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Cowboy Smoke was inspired by the Victoria immigrant tragedy, in which 19 Mexicans suffocated in a truck after being smuggled across the border. The movie was subsequently filmed on location at the Fagan Ranch which is 10 miles from where the tragedy occurred. See more »

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This was an amazing film
31 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I attended a screening of Cowboy Smoke at the Austin Film Festival and was truly blown away. My friend wanted to see Cowboy Smoke because it was a modern western and this was all I knew going into the screening and I'll admit, I'm not a big fan of westerns.

To my surprise Cowboy Smoke was much more than a western. Cowboy Smoke manages to be an entertaining action-adventure genre film but also an engaging social commentary. Writer/Director Will Moore is a talent to keep your eye on. He somehow managed to make an indie action film with a great story. His ability to hold this extremely ambitious and epic movie together has me impressed. The remote setting is captured beautifully by director of photography Steven Acevedo. These stunning visuals along with an original score by Brian Satterwhite, which was so good that I asked the director where I could get a copy of the CD, give the film a big budget feel. I was surprised with the acting as well. Usually with indie films the acting is the weakest part of the film. Not the case with Cowboy Smoke. All star performances from Estella Perez, Matt Johnston and James Paul in supporting roles. Joe as the convenience store clerk, wanna-be cowboy has such a great character arch that you will be cheering out loud for him in the film's final scenes and is played to perfection by newcomer Mike Lutz. Chad Mathews as loner desperado, Wes, manages to create a character that outwardly cares for no one other than himself but deep down we know better. Mathews does this all with nuances and body movements. A great performance.

So what was weak about Cowboy Smoke you ask? No complaints here. After spending four days of watching your standard festival indie fare, Cowboy Smoke was an all out blessing. I would not be surprised if I saw this film in the local theater in the months to come and I would recommend Cowboy Smoke to anyone and everyone, regardless of if they were a Western fan or not.


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