Cartel Land is a classic western set in the 21st century, pitting vigilantes on both sides of the border against the vicious Mexican drug cartels. With unprecedented access, this character-driven film provokes deep questions about lawlessness, the breakdown of order, and whether it is just for citizens to take up arms to fight violence with violence. Cartel Land is a harrowing look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy—the murderous Mexican drug cartels.
A deep portrait of an unstoppable cycle of violence.—Vulture
Matthew Heineman, Director/Producer
Matthew Heineman is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in New York. He recently directed and produced, with Academy Award nominee Susan Froemke, a feature-length documentary ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. It premiered at Sundance 2012, received numerous awards at festivals across the country, and was released by Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate to critical praise in October 2012. The film premiered on CNN in March 2013, with over two million viewers tuning in for the primetime broadcast, and was recently nominated for an Emmy. Heineman previously collaborated for two years with a team at HBO on the groundbreaking, Emmy-nominated HBO series, THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT, which aired in May 2009. He also directed and produced OUR TIME – a feature documentary about what it’s like to be young in today’s America.
Tom Yellin, Producer
As co-founder and president of The Documentary Group, Tom Yellin has overseen all productions since the company’s inception in 2006. These critically acclaimed projects include America in Primetime, a premier series on PBS showcasing the creative minds behind the new golden age of television; the Peabody award-winning ABC News Special, To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports; the Academy Award nominated documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience; and Girl Rising, a film that inspired a global social action campaign for girls’ education. Other recent films include Into Harm’s Way, about West Point’s class of ’67 and the shadow cast on their lives by the Vietnam War, Angle of Attack: How Naval Aviation Changed the Face of War, and Dreamland, about the land of dreams also known as California.