Cast: Naudy "Cuba" Exposito, Trent Cormier
His name is Naudy Exposito, but while working in the overwhelmingly white Wyoming rodeo circuit, everyone calls him Cuba. A kinetic and humorous glimpse of a man just trying to do his job, the film rides along with Cuba, who fits the rodeo cowboy stereotype no better than he fits into his ill-fated Japanese mini-truck. After a sudden injury, Cuba’s masculine dreams collide with the reality that even the most undignified accidents can be quite painful.
Abby Sun and Daniel Garber are Asian-American filmmakers who work by day as a festival programmer and an editor, respectively. They are working on a cycle of short documentaries that complicate the notion of white male cowboys as the archetypal heroes of the American West.
Stories of cultural identity, a subcultural legend, meaningful and surprising connection with others, and personal sacrifice comprise the eight short films in the Nitehawk Shorts Festival MATINEE TWO program.