No stranger to conflict zone coverage and harm’s way, when it was announced this past summer that the award winning docu filmmaker would move into narrative fiction and into a lifetime of civil war hard-nosed journalism from Marie Colvin, our first thought was: it takes one to know one. It now appears that Matthew Heineman was cooking up another docu project as we only found out about City of Ghosts because of some announcement concerning post production coin via the Sundance institute. A double winner at the fest for the Best Director award and a special jury prize for cinematography, Cartel Land was an astounding, head-spinning piece on corruption, vigilantism and border paranoia — and it’s still landing accolades to this day. This fall he showcased his docu short “The Third Man” (on silver winning medalist Peter Norman who was shamed for supporting his fellow athletes), and if we had to guess, this might make a cookie crumbs argument as to how the media shaped the November election.
Gist: This is the story of a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, over hearts and minds, over clicks and views.
Production Co./Producers: Matthew Heineman.
Prediction: U.S. Documentary Competition.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)
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