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HBO docuseries “The Anarchists” from Blumhouse set for July 10 premiere

HBO has slated the original documentary series The Anarchists, directed by Todd Schramke and produced by Blumhouse Television, to debut on July 10 with new episodes airing subsequent Sundays. The ...
June 23, 2022

HBO has slated the original documentary series The Anarchists, directed by Todd Schramke and produced by Blumhouse Television, to debut on July 10 with new episodes airing subsequent Sundays. The series will also be available to stream on HBO Max.

The docuseries tells the story of an event called “Anarchapulco” that was originally created as a conference held in Acapulco, Mexico, promoting the ideals of pure anarchy — the absence of government with absolute individual self-rule.

Launched by Canadian entrepreneur Jeff Berwick in 2015 as a one-off, Anarchapulco grew into an annual event, attracting attendees from around the globe that include libertarians, fugitives, families looking to “unschool” their children to protect them from modern bureaucracies, as well as crypto-currency evangelists and anyone drawn to the idea of creating a stateless community free of government control and central banking systems.

Boasting access to many of the story’s main players, the six-part series unfolds over six years, following a series of events that eventually turn deadly as a rule-avoidant community tries to live alongside tourists and drug cartels using only the principles of anarchy to guide themselves. The series evolves from a critique of modern culture into an observation of the limitations of ideological thinking and the consequences of rejecting consensus.

The Anarchists is a Blumhouse Television Production presented by HBO Documentary Films. Executive producers are Todd Schramke and Kim Kylland for Bird Murmur, along with Jason Blum, Jeremiah Crowell, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold, Mary Lisio, James Buddy Day, Andre Gaines and Allen Bain. Co-executive producer is Ben Parry. Tina Nguyen serves as senior producer for HBO, along with executive producers Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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