Ghostbox Cowboy


The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

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, befuddled Texan Jimmy Van Horn (David Zellner, director and star of Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter) 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.

“Fascinating, atmospheric, and utterly strange … pulls back the curtain on those trying to export the American dream and reaping the whirlwind.” – Joe Blessing, Playlist

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/cinematographer John Maringouin (Big River Man) has developed a startling, overwhelming visual language to drive this satirical parable about what happens when Western assumptions meet the realities of the Chinese tech industry.  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. (Dir. by John Maringouin, 2018, China/USA, in English, 110 mins., Not Rated).   Other festivals: Tribeca  | Arizona Premiere