Minnow Mountain producers,
Co-written and directed by part-time Austinite Geoff Marslett, the animated sci-fi western Quantum Cowboys finds a pair of Arizona drifters traversing a multiverse while stuck in a time loop in a bid to reverse a tragic turn of events. With the aid of his best friend Bruno, Frank sets off on an interdimensional quest for redemption years after a botched robbery resulting in the shooting of an innocent bystander. Quantum Cowboys stars Dark Winds’ Kiowa Gordon as Frank and A Love Song’s John Way as Bruno. Gordon and Way are joined in Quantum Cowboys by Lily Gladstone as Frank and Bruno’s guide and traveling companion Linde; David Arquette and Frank Mosley as shady salesmen; and co-writer/composer Howe Gelb as Blacky, a musician whose accidental shooting sets Frank and Bruno on their journey across time and space. The cast also includes John Doe, Neko Case, Gary Farmer, Patrick Page, Trieste Kelly Dunn, and director Alex Cox. Quantum Cowboys screens at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the AFS Cinema during Fantastic Fest. Quantum Cowboys also will be available to stream from Sept. 29-Oct. 4 as part of the FF@Home’s Burnt Ends virtual showcase. Geoff Marslett, who splits his time between Arizona, Colorado, and Texas, previously directed the 2010 rotoscoped sci-fi adventure Mars and the 2013 drama Loves Her Gun. Marslett co-wrote Quantum Cowboys with alt-country singer-songwriter Howe Gelb, who starred in Mars and lent his voice to Marslett’s 2019 animated short The Phantom 52. Employing multiple animation techniques, Quantum Cowboys includes rotoscoped contributions by Minnow Mountain, the Austin-based studio founded by Steph Swope and Craig Staggs that has worked on Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood, the Amazon series Undone, and Keith Maitland’s documentary Tower.
Aired: Sept. 20, 2022.