'Argo' Author Mendez Featured At Md. Film Fest A former spy whose real-life adventure became the basis for the Oscar-winning film "Argo" is helping to kick off the Maryland International Film Festival in Hagerstown.
Story Of Ex-CIA Agent From Md. Becomes A MovieWhen the CIA needed a cover story to extract six Americans from Iran during the 1979-80 hostage crisis, Tony Mendez devised a scheme that involved a crew scouting for a movie called "Argo." The guise extended to advertisements for the fake production.