SHOWTIME® SETS PREMIERE DATE FOR GRINGO: THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF JOHN McAFEE
Directed By Oscar® Nominee Nanette Burstein, New SHOWTIME Documentary Makes Its World Television Premiere on Saturday, September 24th at 9 PM ET/PT
Film To Make Its Debut At The Toronto International Film Festival Next Month
LOS ANGELES – August 25, 2016 – SHOWTIME continues to expand its slate of bold documentaries under the Showtime Documentary Films banner with GRINGO: THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF JOHN McAFEE, a new feature-length film making its world television premiere on Saturday, September 24th at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Oscar nominee and two-time Sundance Film Festival winner Nanette Burstein (American Teen, The Kid Stays in the Picture) delivers a deep investigation into the mysterious life of visionary anti-virus entrepreneur John McAfee. The film has been selected to make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
GRINGO: THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF JOHN McAFEEpresents a sordid, stranger-than-fiction tale of violence, sex and money as Burstein looks at the unfolding and bizarre life of the millionaire businessman. Years after creating the ubiquitous McAfee anti-virus software, McAfee relocates to Belize in 2008 and adopts a quasi-gangster lifestyle that spirals into increasingly unusual behavior. After the mysterious death of his neighbor, he flees to Guatemala in 2012, before returning to the U.S. to seek the 2016 Libertarian Party presidential nomination that was ultimately won by Gary Johnson. Burstein’s expansive examination, highlighted by interviews with McAfee’s former gang associates and girlfriends, and cryptic email exchanges with McAfee himself, reveals new details of the unsolved murder investigation, while uncovering new allegations against him for crimes that were never prosecuted. The film is an Ish Entertainment Production, and is produced by Chi-Young Park, and executive produced by Michael Hirschorn, Jeff Wise and Wendy Roth.
GRINGO: THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF JOHN McAFEE joins an esteemed list of documentaries under the Showtime Documentary Films banner, many of which focus on the lives and legacies of culture-defining figures, includingthe Emmy®-nominated film LISTEN TO ME MARLON, PROPHET’S PREY, and RICHARD PRYOR: OMIT THE LOGIC. Other upcoming Showtime Documentary Films include ZERO DAYS, a thriller about the harrowing depiction of cyber warfare and its global implications; WEINER, an unrestricted look into the life of former congressman Anthony Weiner, his family and his campaign team; a feature-length documentary about the extraordinary life and times of comic legend John Belushi; and a film exploring the incredible career and complicated life of Whitney Houston.
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