Check Out the Short 'Dakota' That Inspired the Feature 'Transpecos'
"How many times have you done this? And how many times have you been caught?" The short film we're featuring this week is actually connected with a feature film arriving in theaters over the next few months. Titled Transpecos, the film is about three Border Patrol agents working a remote desert checkpoint - see the trailer here. Before making the feature, director Greg Kwedar and producer Clint Bentley made a short film titled Dakota, also about Border Patrol agents who aren't the stereotypical agents we've all heard about on the news. The story is about a discovery in a truck that causes one agent "to question the very nature of his job". It's an impressive little short film and it's cool to see that this was the inspiration directly leading to the feature-length film. This is also a good look at what it takes to make a career as a filmmaker.
Thanks to Short of the Week for premiering this. See the trailer for the feature Transpecos. Description of Dakota from Vimeo: During a routine investigation of an abandoned truck deep in the West Texas desert, a Border Patrol Agent uncovers something that will cause him to question the very nature of his job. Starring Dustin Doering & Cesar Lopez, featuring a score by Robert Griffin Lowe, directed by Greg Kwedar. This first premiered at the Aspen ShortFest in April of 2015, and only two months later they were in production on the feature. From the interview on SOTW: "We never made the film for the bureaucracy anyway, we were always interested in agents on the ground, and the agents on the ground always would go out of their way to find a way to our sets and the restaurants we were eating at and really supported us."