Cowboys & Engines (2016) is a steampunk western short film written & directed by Bryn Pryor for 1876 Productions, Unpunished Films & Flamboyance Films. Starring Richard Hatch, Walter Koenig, Libby Letlow, Kaila Katesh, and Malcolm McDowell. Financed via Kickstarter (here).
Set in an alternate 1876, Cowboys & Engines follows Cade Ballard, the former Texan ambassador, as he encounters Guinivere Wheeler, a sexy gunslinger and con artist. Together, they form an uneasy pact to stop Dr. Clay, a would-be conqueror who wants to unleash the destructive power of the Temporal Engine, a machine that threatens to lay waste to the entire city of San Francisco.
Cowboys & Engines is “an extended pitch piece, aimed at turning the concept into either a film or a series.” Thus, the film is “not a linear narrative; it’s a selection of scenes from the feature that give the viewer the story arc, and a sense of the world and its characters.”
Not rated. 26:25 run time. Watch the “complete proof-of-concept short” here …
Watch the short on Vimeo (here).
My thoughts… Wow! Cowboys & Engines looks awesome! I’ve been searching for a new steampunk adventure with a strong female lead for awhile now and when I stopped looking, I stumbled on Cowboys & Engine! Writer/director Bryn Pryor says that a “full feature script and a deck outlining a 13-episode 1-hour adventure series are available.” This definitely needs a 13-episode series! C’mon Netflix or Amazon – pick this up! With Battlestar Galactica‘s Richard Hatch, Star Trek‘s Walter Koenig, A Clockwork Orange‘s Malcolm McDowell, and Masked Rider‘s Libby Letlow, how can you not?! Wait, Masked Rider? Yeah, lovely Libby Letlow was featured in a cheesy American version of Japan’s Kamen Rider Black RX that aired 1995-6 as part of the Fox Kids programming block. Watch the entire Masked Rider series (here). Libby Letlow was adorable as spoiled, popular girl Patsy Carbunkle twenty years ago, but she’s amazingly beautiful now as sexy gunslinger and con artist Guinivere Wheeler! I must check out more of her (newer) work!