THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BROWN BUFFALO is a fresh and genre-defying film about the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and countercultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta — the basis for the character Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, written by his friend, legendary journalist-provocateur Hunter S. Thompson. Filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez brings Acosta to life by employing a cinematic style as unorthodox as his subject: weaving archivalfootage and images with dramatized portrayals of Acosta, Thompson, and other key figures and moments ofthe era. The script is culled from Acosta and Thompson’s writings and interviews, as well as letters, journalistic and personal accounts. The resulting filmbrings narrative style to documentary filmmaking and paints a portrait of a fascinating, complex and enigmatic man.
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