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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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