David Griggs’ COWBOY COUNTRY is an epic feature length film, appearing to be shot through a series of Instagram filters. Griggs was inspired to create the film after reading a fabricated story in the local newspaper, the Philippine Star.
Maintaining his ethical, locally situated practice, the film involved both locally employed extras alongside Filipino film stars. Local collaboration was key to working effectively in the diverse culture and language of the Philippines, both in a small fishing community and the city of Manila.
In a story of love, loss and death, the narrative follows the kidnapping of a Filipino American teenager, Kevin. Looking to find out more about his heritage while on holidays in the Philippines, Kevin finds himself kidnapped and held for ransom by un-named, armed men, but goes on to fall in love with the commander’s mistress.
Warning: This film contains violence, adult themes, and is not recommended for viewers under 15 years.
Image: David Griggs, COWBOY COUNTRY (still), 2014). Single Channel Video, feature length film. 80 min. Photographer Jed Escueta