Cowboys

Director: Anna Kerrigan
2020 | USA | 85m
GENRE: Drama | Parenting/Family | Trans Men/Transmasculine | Transgender
SECTION: Famous Faces | US Feature
Expected Guests: Features Q&A with director Anna Kerrigan, actor Steve Zahn, actor Jillian Bell, and actor Sasha Knight.

In a breathtaking Montana landscape, Troy (a dynamite Steve Zahn, who won the Best Actor prize at the Tribeca Film Festival) escapes to the Canadian border on horseback with his golden-haired, 11-year-old son Joe. How did these “cowboys” wind up here? Unfolding clue by clue through flashbacks, this moving, suspenseful feature from writer-director Anna Kerrigan skillfully tells the story of a contemporary family struggling with how best to raise a transgender child.

Joe’s anxious mother (Jillian Bell, Brittany Runs a Marathon) still calls her child “Josie,” insisting on dresses and banning cowboy boots unless they’re pink. Troy grasps their son’s identity, but his sensitive parenting is offset by a wildness that puts Joe’s life in danger. As for Joe (remarkable trans newcomer Sasha Knight), he just wants to live his truth: cutting his hair short, fishing in a country river, and being a real cowboy. Cowboys also stars the always wonderful Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) as a dogged detective closing in on the fugitive duo as tension mounts toward an explosive climax.

— K.M. SOEHNLEIN

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 6:30pm Sunday, September 20 followed by the Q&A.

SPONSORED BY
AT&T

CO-PRESENTED BY
Bay Area Video Coalition