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Paramount Network readies Adrian Buitenhuis’ “I Am Patrick Swayze”

Viacom-owned pay-TV channel Paramount Network will premiere its latest film in the I Am biographical doc franchise at the San Antonio Film Festival next month. The previously announced I Am Patrick Swayze ...
July 9, 2019

Viacom-owned pay-TV channel Paramount Network will premiere its latest film in the I Am biographical doc franchise at the San Antonio Film Festival next month.

The previously announced I Am Patrick Swayze presents the life and career of the iconic actor (pictured) — known for his performances in films like Ghost, Dirty Dancing, The Outsiders, Road House and Donnie Darko — through untold stories, exclusive interviews, home movies and family photos.

The doc explores his childhood, adolescence, and career, including his enduring relationship with widow Lisa Niemi, who he met as a teenager at his mother’s dance studio.

Featured interviews include Niemi, brother Don Swayze, co-stars Sam Elliott, Jennifer Grey, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Kelly Lynch, Demi Moore, Lori Petty, Marshall R. Teague, director Roland Joffe, agent Nicole David, manager Kate Edwards, personal assistant Rosemary Hygate, stuntman Cliff McLaughlin, and bodyguard Frank Whiteley.

I Am Patrick Swayze is directed by Adrian Buitenhuis, whose credits include I Am Heath Ledger and I Am Paul Walker. It is executive produced by Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak and Derik Murray for Network Entertainment, along with Paramount Network’s Chaz Gray.

The doc will have its world premiere in the late actor’s home state of Texas at the San Antonio Film Festival on Aug. 2.

It will have its television debut on Swayze’s birthday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Paramount Network. Swayze’s classic films Ghost and Dirty Dancing will lead into the doc on Paramount at 3:30 p.m. ET/PT and 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, respectively.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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