In GRINGO: THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF JOHN McAfee filmmaker Oscar-nominated director Nanette Burstein (American Teen, The Kid Stays in the Picture) investigates the sordid life and crimes of notorious anti-virus entrepreneur and suspected killer John McAfee. At great risk to her personal safety, Burstein travels deep into the jungles of Belize to track down McAfee’s heavily armed gangster associates and former “girlfriends,” uncovering compelling new evidence regarding McAfee’s bizarre, “Heart of Darkness”-style criminal escapades in the country, which culminated in the alleged murder of his neighbor, an American ex-pat.
This shocking, stranger-than-fiction documentary presents a sordid tale of violence, sex and money as director Nanette 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.
Toronto International Film Festival Screenings:
Sunday, September 11th @ 6:00PM, Scotiabank 1 (World Premiere)
Tuesday, September 13 @ 8:30PM, Scotiabank 4
Sunday, September 18 @ 3:00PM, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
For more information please visit: http://www.tiff.net/films/gringo-the-dangerous-life-of-john-mcafee/