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Cinedigm Takes 'Narco Cultura,' Sundance Documentary on Drug Cartels

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2013 at 11:35AM

Cinedigm has picked up North America distribution rights to Israeli photographer and filmmaker Shaul Schwarz' documentary "Narco Cultura," which premiered last week at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film looks at the influence of drug cartels on pop culture on both sides of the Mexican-American border, through the eyes of an L.A. narcocorrido singer and a Juarez crime scene investigator.
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"Narco Cultura"
"Narco Cultura"

Cinedigm has picked up North American distribution rights to Israeli photographer and filmmaker Shaul Schwarz' documentary "Narco Cultura," which premiered last week at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film looks at the influence of drug cartels on pop culture on both sides of the Mexican-American border, through the eyes of an L.A. narcocorrido singer and a Juarez crime scene investigator.

Cinedigm plans an awards-qualifying run for the film in 2013. The doc's next screening will be at the Berlin Film Festival (February 7-17).

"Narco Cultura" is Schwarz' feature film debut. His photography has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, TIME and Newsweek, among other publications.

This article is related to: News, Sundance 2012 News, Documentary, Sundance Film Festival, Cinedigm, News, Festivals, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.