In non-M370 news (click on “Aviation” in the banner above if you want to avoid stuff like this) I’m very pleased that Showtime is going to air a documentary that I’ve been working on for the last year or so. “Gringo” will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11 and then be broadcast two weeks later. Here’s the press release:
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.
15 thoughts on “Showtime to Premiere Documentary GRINGO: THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF JOHN McAFEE, 9/24”
If the film ever comes to my True Vision here in Thailand, I would definitely like to see it, especially as JW is involved in the making. I often wondered what happened to MacAfee, last I heard he was on the run, I think. Anyway, good luck with it Jeff, I enjoy your work!
This guy’s story is as bizarre as it gets and one I have followed for years. I may have watched the documentary regardless, but reading of your involvement now makes it an absolute. Congratulations on the Showtime status.
“Between genius and madness lies the truth”….probably a pertinent comment about 9M-MRO. Well done Jeff and something I’ll flag to watch when it comes out in Oz.
I don’t know how you have the time to do all these things Jeff. Looks fascinating, congratulations!
It seems you are tracking this guy for some time already… and as I saw back on your blog something linked, can’t deciede what to think about him; congrats for show too!
@Susie Crowe, @Ed, Thank you!
A man of many talents, you are! Congratulations! Will keep an eye for premiere in Canada!
Jeff, will you be going to TIFF?
@CliffG, Yes, I will be–attending the premiere, then staying on for a few days.
Thank you, @JulieL!
Can I get a pass or how do I get a ticket for September 11th?..
@JoannaLyn, It should be possible to obtain tickets through the festival web site. Sorry I don’t know more, his is my first time at a film festival…
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The Guy is a fake. you need to review the belize news and here the truth from the real person showtime documented. They money to tell lies.
@Jake, Have you seen the show?