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Review: Documentary 'Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty'

14 November 2014 9:04 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera aka "El Chapo" Guzman aka Shorty was only the second person in history to be officially named by authorities as Public Enemy Number 1. The first, of course, was Al Capone. That, and the five million dollar bounty put on his head for his capture, speaks to just how powerful and dangerous the drug baron was, evading the law for over a decade before his capture earlier this year. And for filmmakers Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos, they've undoubtedly chosen a great subject for a compelling documentary. Unfortunately, they squander the opportunity with "Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty," and it's due to the common problem of contemporary documentaries, where the directors get so far in the way of their own story, that any context or objectivity is lost. The too brief, and yet too long, 90 minute documentary operates from a curious assumption and presumption: that the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty Shares a Compelling Look at a Mexican Cartel

11 November 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Jesus Christ was the only muthafucka who couldn't be bought, and they crucified him," says one of the interview subjects in Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos's compelling but ultimately unfulfilling documentary on Mexican drug cartel legend Joaquín "Shorty" Guzmán. The interviewee's succinct blend of reverence and blasphemy speaks to the depths of official criminality in Mexico, underscoring what journalist Anabel Hernández terms "a stew of corruption" that has no bottom. For over 30 years, Guzmán ran a global drug empire that generated hundreds of millions of dollars. Much of the violence that now racks Mexico has roots in his bloody rise to power — a rise that many in the film (especially the kickass Hernández) say wa »

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Exclusive: Trailer And Poster For Documentary 'Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty'

27 October 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While his birth certificate may read "Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera," to those in law enforcement and the drug game, he's better known as "Shorty Guzman," and make no mistake, he is one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. The forthcoming documentary "Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty" tells the saga of the drug kingpin, and today we have the exclusive trailer and poster for the film. Directed by Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos, 'Drug Lord' chronicles his decades-long career on the run from the authorities while building up a profile as either a saintly Robin Hood kind of figure or a dangerous, powerful criminal mastermind. And all of this is set against the backdrop of the cartel wars that have seen 80,000 Mexicans killed. "Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty" opens in limited release and in theaters on November 14th. It will air on "Frontline" on PBS in 2015. »

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‘Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty’ Docu Set For Fall Release

21 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty made its world premiere earlier this year at the SXSW Film Festival and its European premiere at the Biografilm Festival in Italy. Now Gravitas Ventures, PBS’ Frontline and Submarine Deluxe are teaming up to release the docu this fall. Submarine release theatrically on November 14,with Gravitas handling VOD day and date. PBS will broadcast the Frontline film in 2015.

Directed by BAFTA and Emmy winner Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos and produced by Simon Chinn (Searching For Sugar Man) and Andrew Mackenzie-Btty (Thriller In Manila), Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty chronicles the hunt for the notorious Mexican drug lord El Chapo (Aka Shorty). Shorty had been on the run for over a decade, during which time more than 80,000 Mexicans were murdered as a result of narco drug wars.

Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty is a Twofour, Ronachan Film and Red Box Films »

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: The Legend of Shorty Review

11 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In recent years, the most demonstrable, descriptive, but ultimately fictional tie we have to the Mexican drug trade has been through Breaking Bad. We go back a little further to The Wire and we see how drugs in general can be routed and traced across entire cities through “following the money”. We keep going back until we arrive at Al Capone: once titled Public Enemy Number One during Prohibition-era America. That changed in 2013 when the Chicago Crime Commission named Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, a titanic Mexican drug lord, their 21st-century target.

Guzmán escaped from prison in 2001 under dubious circumstances, having already established himself as a kingpin while still behind bars, and the Us-Mexican governments reportedly went into all-out assault mode. His free reign came to an end in February this year when he was re-captured, but filmmakers Angus MacQueen and Guillermo Galdos almost got to him first as they set »

- Andrew Latimer

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Snobbery takes a backseat as SXSW's film crowd make themselves heard

14 March 2014 5:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Documentaries on Edwyn Collins and a Mexican drug lord were the stand-outs in a typically loud, boozy sweaty film festival that is the antitheses to Cannes in every way

For film fans, SXSW gets louder as it winds down. The big films stop screening as the music crowd arrive, bringing with them sweat and booze and seven hundred types of noise. The bars of 6th Street throw their windows open, showing off the bands inside. Leftover cinefiles, queuing up outside the Alamo Drafthouse, get battered by an unholy hybrid of metal-country-electro-pop as they wait for the peace and quiet of the screening room.

At its best SXSW, which aims to celebrate new music, film and interactive technology, allows the mediums to play into each other. The best film at this year's festival is about a musician, former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins. After suffering a stroke in 2005, Collins had to learn how to walk, »

- Henry Barnes

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SXSW: How A Drug Lord's Arrest Changed The Ending of 'The Legend of Shorty'

12 March 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What happens when you've made a documentary about the search for an infamous drug lord -- Public Enemy #1 -- and the authorities capture him right after you finish your film?If you're filmmakers Angus MacQueen and Guillermo Galdós, you quickly re-edit the documentary so that it's up-to-date when it premieres at SXSW. That's what happened when authorities captured notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán right after the filmmakers wrapped "The Legend of Shorty," their documentary about infiltrating the Sinaloa Cartel in search of the elusive man.Indiewire spoke with MacQueen and his producer Simon Chinn this week at SXSW about how they gained access to the cartel's inner circle, the danger the directors faced during filming and how they altered the film following the breaking news about the drug lord's arrest.Why make this film?MacQueen: I think it's an incredibly important subject and there's a moment where you can't go on. »

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Protagonist taking drug lord doc to Efm

3 February 2014 8:07 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary about notorious drug lord to be produced by Oscar-winner Simon Chinn (Searching For Sugar Man, Man on Wire).

Protagonist Pictures is to launch international sales at the Efm this week on Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos’ feature documentary The Legend Of Shorty, which will have its world premiere in the Documentary Spotlight section at SXSW on March 7.

Submarine is co-repping the film for North America with Protagonist.

Produced by the double Oscar-winning Simon Chinn (Searching For Sugar Man, Man On Wire) and Andrew Mackenzie-Betty (Thriller in Manila), the film focuses on ‘El Chapo’, aka Joaquin Guzman, the most powerful drug lord in history and one of the world’s most wanted men.

Macqueen and Galdos set out on a perilous journey into the Mexican sierra and the heart of ‘Shorty’s’ forbidden lands to try to find him.

Currently in post production, the film is produced by Red Box Films, Twofour and Ronachan »

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SXSW Film Program Features ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Anniversary Screening, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ with Wes Anderson and more

31 January 2014 10:41 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sundance just ended, and we are already preparing for the next big film festival, South By Southwest. Not too long ago, the festival announced a few of the films premiering this year, but now they’ve announced the main slate. The midnight selections and some inevitable late-breaking additions are still to be announced, but this should be more than enough to get you excited. Along with many World Premieres, and Sundance favorites like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Gareth EvansThe Raid 2, the line up also includes an anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and an extended Q&A screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel with Wes Anderson. SXSW 2014 runs March 7 through 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the line up after the jump.


Narrative Feature Competition

Eight world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,324 films submitted to SXSW 2014. Films screening in Narrative »

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SXSW 2014 Lineup Includes Universal Pictures’ Neighbors and Jon Favreau’s Chef

30 January 2014 6:57 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Today the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced a diverse features lineup for this year’s Festival, the 21st edition and running March 7 – 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The 2014 program expands on SXSW tradition of embracing a range of genres and span of budgets, featuring a wealth of vision from experienced and developing filmmakers alike.

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Listed in the announcement are 115 of the features that will screen over the course of nine days at SXSW 2014. The lineup below includes 68 films from first-time filmmakers, and consists of 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and 7 U.S. Premieres. These films were selected from a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,540 U.S. and 675 international feature-length films. With a record number of 6,482 submissions total, the overall increase was 14% over 2013. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 5, with the complete »

- Movie Geeks

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Neighbors, Faults, We’ll Never Have Paris, Creep & Open Windows Lead SXSW 2014 Film Line-Up

30 January 2014 2:06 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

After announcing earlier this month that Jon Favreau’s Chef and the Veronica Mars movie will be making their world debuts at SXSW this year, the festival has revealed its full line-up, including further very promising world premieres, alongside appearances from some of the year’s most high-profile films.

The Midnight programme will be announced early next month, along with the Shorts line-up, and the complete Conference slate a little later as well.

Led by Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, Nicholas Stoller’s anticipated R-rated comedy, Neighbors, will be making its world debut at the festival, notably marked out as a ‘work-in-progress’ ahead of its theatrical release in May.

David Gordon Green’s acclaimed Joe will make its Us premiere, having bowed at Venice and then Toronto last year. Early reviews have Nicolas Cage giving one of the finest performances of his career, with Tye Sheridan (Mud) excellent alongside him. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Wigon’s Heart Machine, Meyerhoff’s Unicorns, Levine’s Wild Canaries & Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible In 2014 SXSW Comp Line-Up

30 January 2014 1:35 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Not sure if there is a Short Term 12 equivalent in this year’s Narrative Feature Comp, but on paper SXSW programmers are serving up a mean (and the usual lean group of 8 out of a whopping 1,324 film entries) for the upcoming competitiuon of eight which includes notable entries (that we’ve been tracking for a good time now) such as Zachary Wigon’s The Heart Machine, John Magary’s The Mend, Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns and Lawrence Michael Levine’s Wild Canaries. Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated docs of the year, on the non-fiction side we find Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the other sections (notable world preems in We’ll Never Have Paris and Faults (see Mary Elizabeth Winstead above), some Sundance items with Texan connections and other nuggets.

Narrative Feature Competition

Eight world premieres, eight »

- Eric Lavallee

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SXSW unveils 2014 line-up

30 January 2014 12:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Headliners strand includes first screenings of the upcoming Universal comedy Neighbors (pictured) starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and Australian time-travel thriller Predestination with Ethan Hawke.

The 21st edition of the festival in Austin, Texas, runs from March 7-15. The new Episodics programme will include new upcoming television work including Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn for his El Rey Network, HBO’s upcoming Silicon Valley and Fox’s Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey.

The first ever SXsports section will include as previously announced an on-stage conversation with Jurgen Klinsmann, the former German international striker and current Us national team coach in the run-up to the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Among the Special Events is a screening of Berlinale opener The Grand Budapest Hotel followed by an extended Q&A with Wes Anderson.

The eight world premiere selections in the Narrative Feature Competition are:

10,000km (Spain) by Carlos Marques Marcet;Animals by Collin Schiffli;[link »

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