When "Wind River," starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, opens in Austin on Aug. 11, it’ll mark the completion of Taylor Sheridan’s cinematic trilogy that explores failure — rather than triumph — on the modern American frontier.

Sheridan — an actor, screenwriter and now a director — has caught the attention of film critics at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as Oscar voters. But his road to the red carpet started in Austin, where he says he was "mowing lawns and painting houses and trying to figure out what to do" when he was discovered by a talent scout.

Read more about his journey to Hollywood, the themes behind his latest movie and what he’s looking forward to the next time he comes to Austin (hint: it involves food and a long line) on mystatesman.com.