In “Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty” BAFTA- and Emmy award-winning director Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos, producers Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man”) and Andrew Mackenzie-Betty (“Thriller In Manila”) lead us on a journey to find the leader of the biggest drug cartel in Mexico’s history. To some, he is a revolutionary hero and a latter-day Robin Hood, the powerful peasant campesino who looks after his people. To others, he is public enemy number one, the first since Al Capone.
For over a decade Shorty has been on the run from US and Mexican government and during that time over 80,000 Mexicans have been murdered as a result of the narco-wars. “Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty” takes us on a trip few outsiders have ever been on, and one which will lead us all the way to his doorstep.
Gravitas Ventures, PBS’s FRONTLINE and Submarine Deluxe are partnering to release the documentary film. Submarine will bring the film to theaters on November 14, while Gravitas will release the film on VOD day and date with the theatrical release. PBS will broadcast the FRONTLINE film in 2015.