Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

Western 2015

Directed by Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross Vision

In this affecting documentary portrait of a latter-day cowboy and lawman, the peace of two small cattle towns on opposite sides of the Texas–Mexico border is threatened by the shadow of Mexican drug cartels.

Jul 27


Jul 28


USA In English and Spanish with English subtitles
93 minutes DCP

Directors, Photography


Bill Ross IV
Turner Ross
Michael Gottwald


Bill Ross IV


Casey McAllister


Martín Wall
Brylyn Wall
Chad Foster


Sundance, SXSW, New Directors/New Films, Hot Docs, San Francisco 2015


Special Jury Prize (Verite Filmmaking), Sundance Film Festival 2015


After the lyrical Tchoupitoulas, sibling filmmakers Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV turn their verite lens to a richly textured, elegiac portrait of cordial relations across the Tex–Mex border, painfully disrupted by the ‘war on drugs’ and its federally imposed border restrictions. We fall in with contemporary exemplars of two classic Western archetypes, a lawman and a cowboy. Chad Foster, the outgoing mayor of Eagle Pass in Maverick County, Texas, is equally at home in English and Spanish. Cattle broker Martin Wall’s century-old family ranching business depends on transactions across the Rio Grande. And his forthright six-year-old daughter will quickly correct any suspicion you might harbour that theirs is primarily a man’s world.

“The film reveals a border where Texans and Mexicans are united, rather than divided, by their languages and their enterprises…. Both mariachi tunes and Methodist hymns are heard, and fully felt, in Western, and the movie itself has the feel of a high lonesome country song crossed with a narcocorrido – a piercing ballad about hard work, the business of living, and how not to get caught in the crossfire.”

— Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter