A classic road movie, Tracing Cowboys tells the story of two individualssearching for their own identity, while separated from each other. Ethanis a young Englishman obsessed with his hero John Wayne and intent onbecoming a Country and Western singer. When his girlfriend Debi leaveswithout explanation, Ethan travels down to Mexico during the festival ofthe Day of the Dead intent on finding her. The only map he has is containedwithin photographs Debi has taken during her journey, and no matter howfar he travels the whereabouts of Debi remain elusive, until her photospoint Ethan toward the films surprising and dramatic conclusion.
From Metropolitan Los Angeles, through the desert south west and downthe scarcely populated Baja California inner coastline, the film exploresthe indigenous traditions of love, life and death in this haunting poeticromance. On the final day of shooting, lead actor Sacha Grunpeter waskilled in a tragic car accident. Tracing Cowboys stands as testament to hisvision for the film, an unmistakable convergence of art and life.