CHASING STORIES Pat McGee is a documentary director in both film and television who works to unearth character-driven stories that push to find common ground. His work has been called "gripping", "humanistic", and "illuminating" by the LA Times and Variety. Pat’s debut feature documentary American Relapse, won feature documentary honors at film festivals across the country. American Relapse enjoyed a theatrical release in Los Angeles and New York. Critically received, American Relapse qualified as an Oscar contender and has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating. He most recently executive produced and directed, The Prisoner of the Prophet. Told through the lens of the 65th wife of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, the three-part series was released by Warner Bros. Discovery in January, 2023. In 2018, Vice TV launched the original Pat McGee-produced and directed series Dopesick Nation, a 10-part documentary series about the opioid epidemic in Florida. In 2017, Pat created and produced 24 to Life for A&E Networks. In 2020/21, Pat had the privilege of executive producing and showrunning Discovery Network's CAL FIRE. Pat and his team underwent special red flag training that allowed them to embed with one of the largest and most active firefighting agencies in the country. The limited six-part series documented California's worst fire season on record. In early 2020, Pat directed and produced the feature documentary Bernie Blackout for Vice TV. The documentary chronicled the behind-the-scenes marriage of politics and media during the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign. Pat followed up Bernie Blackout with a feature on Charles Booker of Kentucky, a rising star of the progressive movement. Released theatrically in the fall of 2022, Deadline's Peter White writes, "it has echoes of the Bill Clinton doc The War Room and the AOC film Knock Down the House." The film has since won 8 best feature documentary awards. Other documentary feature credits include The Deported featuring Rosario Dawson, for which Pat received the 2019 Flickers' International Humanitarian Award. In 2020, he was named "Best Director" at the Catalina Film Festival. The Deported trailer alone has garnered over 38 million views, adding to a politically charged debate. Pat McGee is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has operated under his production company Pat McGee Pictures since 2015.
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