Nearly a year ago, we embarked on an exciting and meaningful journey when we partnered with Matthew Heineman and team to bring the chilling documentary Cartel Land to the world (well, technically only North America, but a champion is a champion). This morning, we woke up bright and early to the tune of an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.
On the heels of El Chapo’s arrest and the ongoing drug wars happening on the Mexico/U.S. border, this film could not be more timely. What makes it extraordinary is its nuanced storytelling. Giving us access to two vigilante groups on both sides of the border, the Autodefensas and team “Nailer,” Cartel Land brings light to a world we know about but never really know, a place where institutions have failed to bring proper justice, a purpose that straddles the line between good and evil in a way that makes you forget this is all real.
We could not be more proud to be part of the team that brought this film to theaters and digital platform nationwide, saw it become iTunes’ Top Documentary of 2015 and snag nominations from BAFTA, Cinema Eye Honors and Critics’ Choice Awards. Huge congratulations to you, Matthew Heineman, and the amazing team behind this unforgettable experience of a film.
See you at the Oscars on Sunday, February 28th!