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US NARRATIVE COMPETITION

GHOSTBOX COWBOY

Directed by John Maringouin
FEATURE NARRATIVE 110 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE GHOSTBOX COWBOY
TIME & DATE
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SCREENING INFO
9:15 PM - THU 4/19
PASSED
7:30 PM - FRI 4/20
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8:00 PM - SAT 4/21
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8:15 PM - WED 4/25
David Zellner shines in this darkly comedic morality tale that examines the inner workings of China’s economic engine and the lengths outsiders will to go to get in on the game. Texan Jimmy Van Horn (Zellner) arrives in China brimming with optimism, only to realize that acquiring a share of the country’s rapidly growing riches is not as easy as it appeared from back home. Armed with an absurd product pitch and short on the charisma or quick thinking needed to convince local businessmen of his sincerity, Jimmy soon finds himself out of funds, leaving him at the mercy of those who promise to help him stay in the place he’s gambled away his entire livelihood to be. As it turns out, there’s a lot of unpleasant work in China for guys who look like Jimmy Van Horn.

Writer, director, and cinematographer John Maringouin has developed a startling visual language to communicate this parable about what happens when Western assumptions meet the realities of the Chinese tech industry. The swirling, overwhelming environment he conjures seems preternaturally positioned to bring Van Horn down. Ghostbox Cowboy delivers a humorously fresh and complex perspective on China’s economic growth and uncovers the machinations that lurk just below the stereotypical facade.

—Jule Rozite
Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
About the Director(s)
Louisiana-born director John Maringouin's films have screened around the world, including at the Edinburgh, Los Angeles, Moscow, and Sydney film festivals, and he has won prizes at Sundance in both cinematography and editing.

Film Info
  • Section:
    US Narrative Competition
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    110 minutes
  • Language:
    Cantonese, English, Mandarin
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    John Maringouin
  • Screenwriter:
    John Maringouin
  • Composer:
    Casey Wayne McAllister
  • Cast:
    David Zellner, Robert Longstreet, J.R. Cazet, Vincent Xie, Carrie Gege Zhang
  • Producers:
    Molly Lynch, John Maringouin, John Montague, George Rush, Sean Gillane
  • Cinematographers:
    John Maringouin, Justin Donais, Nathan Slevin
  • Editors:
    Sean Gillane, John Maringouin
  • Executive Producers:
    Billy Peterson, David Zellner

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Molly Lynch
    Lightshow Creative
    Berkeley, CA 94710
    Phone: 323 868 3474
    molly@lightshowcreative.com
  • International Sales Contact
    George Rush
    Law Office of George M. Rush
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    Phone: 415 867 3965
    georgemrush@gmrush.com
  • Press Contact
    Ryan Werner
    Cinetic Marketing
    New York, New York 10001
    Phone: 212 204 7951
    ryan@cineticmedia.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Pip Ngo
    XYZ Films
    Los Angeles, CA 90016
    Phone: 415 515 9540
    pip@xyzfilms.com

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