Ghostbox Cowboy

USA, 2018


Lightshow Films, 113mins

Dolby 5.1


Tribeca Film Festival


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A dullard Texas entrepreneur reinvents himself as a cowboy in China's tech wild west, but finds himself at the mercy of corrupt American expats looking to reinvent him once more.

Cast & Crew

Producers - Molly Lynch, George Rush, Billy Peterson, John Montague

Screenwriter - John Maringouin

Featuring - David Zellner, Robert Longstreet, Vincent Xie

Cinematographers - Justin Donais, John Maringouin, Nate Slevin

Music - Casey Wayne McAllister


The A.V. Club

"Wonderfully weird and digressive."

Film Journal International

"Like a fever dream stirred up by obsession with celebrity/wealth/pleasure/self and and taken to Wagnerian heights of mystical empowerment and excess"

Filmmaker Magazine

"Vividly out of its mind."


""Ghostbox Cowboy@ truly defies categorization, and remains so unpredictable that no single viewing can resolve the fertile ideas it puts on the table. [This film] has cult classic written all over it."


"...a relentlessly grim, dark, bleak, terrifying phantasmagoric dystopian nightmare of a movie... This motherfuckin' movie is totally bat-shit crazy."


"Ghostbox Cowboy makes for a trippy, mind-blowing experience. [...] A pynchonian mind blowing masterpiece."

Screen International

"Stylish, comic and shameless... Maringouin hasn't lost his flair for revealing the secrets of a place, even as he's bringing his own circus there. [...} A trade ware parable."

The Hollywood Reporter

"A gonzo odyssey, Maringouin makes the madness feel queasily real."

The Playlist

"Fascinating, atmospheric and utterly strange."


"Wild West capitalism hits the Far East with a vengeance in documentarian John Maringouin’s adventuresome first narrative feature, “Ghostbox Cowboy.”"

John Maringouin

John Maringouin


John Maringouin is an American film director. His debut feature, Running Stumbled, received wide critical acclaim and was referred to by Variety as a "phantasmagoric filmmaking debut". Maringouin received a Spirit award nomination for the film.