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 production of a Film4, Channel 4, Frontline WGBH and BFI presentation in association with Discovery Latin America. The deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Josh Braun of Submarine, Nolan Gallagher on behalf of Gravitas Ventures and Amy Letourneau on behalf of Frontline/PBS Distribution.