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SPOTLIGHT

CARTEL LAND

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 100 Minutes New York Premiere
FILM GUIDE CARTEL LAND
The vivid setting in Matthew Heineman’s groundbreaking documentary evokes a classic western movie: dusty frontiers, and rough-riding buckskin-clad lone rangers. Yet here you’ll find no simple cowboy and bandit story. With unprecedented access, Cartel Land gets eyeball deep in this on-the-ground, fiery investigation of illegal narcotic trafficking, and the actions of the vigilante groups on both sides of the drug war. Heineman passionately collages disparate groups with a common aim: to impede the advancement of the Mexican drug cartels, often taking questionable measures to ensure victory. The film plunges us into urgent sociopolitical issues, while posing larger questions on violence, corruption, ownership of the law and jousting definitions of justice, urging us to confront the pressing and polarizing moral dilemmas at hand.

Adventurous, brave, and raw, Cartel Land transcends a visual discussion of good and evil, and investigates the beautifully subjective gray area by asking: must fire be fought with fire? Who decides where might and right meet?

—Genna Terranova
Documentary
About the Director(s)
Matthew Heineman is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in New York. He previously directed Escape Fire, which premiered on CNN. Cartel Land premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Director Award.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2015
  • Length:
    100 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    New York
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Matthew Heineman
  • Producer:
    Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
  • Editor:
    Matthew Hamachek, Matthew Heineman, Bradley J. Ross, Pax Wassermann
  • Cinematographer:
    Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll
  • Executive Producer:
    Molly Thompson, David McKillop, Robert Debitetto
  • Composer:
    H. Scott Salinas, Jackson Greenberg

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Kalie Watch
    The Orchard
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Phone: 323 540 5496
    kwatch@theorchard.com
  • US Sales Contact
    John Sloss
    Cinetic Media
    Beverly Hills, CA 90211
    Phone: 323 870 7979
    john@cineticmedia.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Ana Vicente
    Dogwoof
    London, EC1V 3QN
    Phone: 207 253 6244
    ana@dogwoof.com
  • Press Contact
    Rachel Allen
    Cinetic
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 937 241 9737
    rachel@cineticmedia.com

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