the life of Oscar Zeta Acosta
a.k.a The Brown Buffalo
a.k.a Dr. Gonzo.
In May of 1974, Oscar Zeta Acosta disappeared off the Pacific Coast of Mexico and was never heard from again. Immortalized as the “300-pound Samoan” Dr. Gonzo in Hunter S. Thompson’s cult novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the 39-year- old Acosta had already left an enviable legacy: two critically praised novels, a high-profile turn as lead attorney for LA’s Chicano movement, a quixotic run for L.A. County Sheriff, and innumerable feats of radical activism-cum- performance art.
Yet, while Acosta’s mysterious disappearance sent shockwaves through the counterculture that had embraced him, his larger-than- life legacy soon faded tragically from memory – relegated, at best, to a supporting player in Thompson’s literary universe. The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo rescues Acosta from obscurity, exploring the man’s personal and creative evolution against the backdrop of a society in turmoil, laying bare his brilliance, his contradictions, and his unique contribution to American society.
LEAD CREW CREDITS:
Director/Producer/Writer: Phillip Rodriguez
Cinematographer/Editor/Animator: Claudio Rocha
Writer: David Ventura
Executive Producer: Benicio Del Toro
Producer: Alison Sotomayor
Associate Producer: Ricardo López
Original Music by: Alejandro Cohen & Aaron Drake
LEAD CAST CREDITS:
Jesse Celedon (Oscar Zeta Acosta)
Jeff Harms (Hunter S. Thompson)