Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Transpecos, the thriller starring Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna and Clifton Collins Jr that won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at SXSW last month. The distrib plans a theatrical release in the fall.

Directed by first-timer Greg Kwedar, the film follows three border patrol agents — rookie Davis (Simmons), seasoned Flores (Luna) and callous, world-weary Hobbs (Collins) — who man a checkpoint on a remote highway. On what feels like another routine stop, the contents of one car will throw their lives out of control as dark secrets are revealed in a world where the line between right and wrong shifts like the desert itself. Kwedar wrote the screenplay with Clint Bentley.

SamuelGoldwynFilmsLogo“Greg is a raw new talent in independent cinema,” said Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films. “Transpecos is an accomplished first feature that we’re eager to deliver to audiences in theaters and in homes across the country.”

The deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films, and by Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of 8750 Films & Marfa Peach Company. Screen Media Ventures will launch international film sales at Cannes next month.