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SXSW Winner ‘Transpecos’ Bought by Samuel Goldwyn Films

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights from Submarine Entertainment to the drug-war thriller “Transpecos,” which won the audience award for best narrative feature at SXSW in March.

Samuel Goldwyn Films is planning a fall theatrical for the film, helmed by Greg Kwedar in his directorial debut. Screen Media Ventures will launch international film sales at the Cannes Film Festival, which opens May 11.

Transpecos” centers on three border patrol agents — played by Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna and Clifton Collins, Jr. —  who man a check point on a remote highway. On what feels like another routine stop, they find contents in a car that will throw their lives out of control.

Variety‘s Andrew Barker said in his review, “Tracing the deadly aftermath of a vehicle inspection gone wrong, the director wrings an impressive amount of moral inquiry out of a fairly basic premise.”

Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films said, “Greg is a raw new talent in independent cinema. ‘Transpecos’ is an accomplished first feature that we’re eager to deliver to audiences in theaters and in homes across the country.”

Kwedar directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Clint Bentley. Producers are Molly Benson, Greg Kwedar, Clint Bentley and Nancy Schafer. Executive producers are Josh Braun, Rick Carter, Kristel Carter, Jon Halbert, Linda Halbert, Debbie Kalas, Larry Kalas, Michael Kwedar, Phyllis Kwedar, Walt Penn and  Cheryl Penn.

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The deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films, and by Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of 8750 Films & Marfa Peach Company.

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