For more than 20 years, Joe Arpaio has used fear, crime and his role as sheriff in Maricopa County, Ariz., to make himself the most famous law enforcement officer in the world. Racism, sex crimes, illegal immigration, first amendment rights and multiple deaths at the hands of his employees are all issues Arpaio faces and spins. Most recently, he announced a lawsuit against President Obama and others over his executive action on immigration. He’s famous, he’s outrageous, he may be dangerous… and it’s all just part of THE JOE SHOW, a tragic, yet uniquely American tale of historic significance. A critically acclaimed feature-length documentary film from Randy Murray Productions, THE JOE SHOW is a shocking and wildly entertaining project about America’s most controversial sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and the ringmaster approach he takes to modern media, politics, and law enforcement. THE JOE SHOWmakes its world television premiere on ID on Sunday, December 14 from 5-7PM ET as a two-hour special event, under the ID FILMS banner.
In today’s world of instant fame, politicians need their time in the spotlight – and Arpaio loves the spotlight. His desire for fame corrupts everything he stands for, but the voters cheer. The shocking images and facts presented in THE JOE SHOW, compounded with reasons for Arpaio’s popularity, shed light on the complexities of his power. A film almost a decade in the making, THE JOE SHOW is a portrait of an important and controversial figure in American politics that raises a very important question for viewers: Can democracy survive when entertaining the public becomes more important than protecting them?
In a special documentary event, THE JOE SHOW premieres on Sunday, December 14 from 5-7PM ET as part of the ID FILMS strand, the television home for projects that shine a light on important, overlooked aspects of our justice system and showcase compelling and often controversial stories of mystery, intrigue, and determination.
THE JOE SHOW is produced for Investigation Discovery by Randy Murray Productions with Randy Murray as director and executive producer and Theresa Murray as executive producer. For Investigation Discovery, Ron Simon is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel, and Discovery Fit & Health.
THE JOE SHOW will also be released on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, GooglePlay, Xbox, Playstation, and Vudu starting on Tuesday, December 16 by FilmBuff.
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Randy Murray’s career began when the Phoenix ABC affiliate signed a barter deal with him to turn one of his school projects into a weekly rock-n-roll TV show. He worked at two additional TV stations before becoming a commercial director at the largest production facility in the Southwest. In 1991, Randy and his wife, Theresa, formed Randy Murray Productions (RMP), a creative film and video boutique with a social obligation to use the power-of-story to advance the good in our world. With a balance of original content and production services, clients have ranged from United Way and University of Phoenix to CBS and BBC. Recently, RMP provided production services for the BAFTA-winning feature documentary, The Imposter, two episodes of ‘The Amazing Race’ and the upcoming Investigation Discovery series, LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE. Original RMP projects include six one-hour episodes of ‘Edge of War’ with General Wesley Clark for Discovery Communications’ Military Channel, and the award-winning documentary Mitchell 20, which was released theatrically across the nation in 2011.
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