STRANGERS COWBOYS is the second, third, and four acts of the multi-media, performative series HOTLINE FOR THE LOST, a six-act morality opera by Emily Sasmor. Sasmor’s evocative and “dense” video winds through a non-linear narrative between the real and the simulated. STRANGERS COWBOYS confronts the idea of violence in a nuanced manner, building tension through video, audio, and text.

See our interview with Emily Sasmor here and Izzy Pezzulo’s response to STRANGERS COWBOYS here.


Emily Sasmor was born in La Jolla, California, in 1993. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has appeared in various group shows, festivals, and screenings including Supernova: Outdoor Festival of Digital Animation and Art, and 2nd Floor Rear 2017: RITUAL.