CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart

a film by Jeremiah Zagar

FILM INFO

Year: 2014

Country: USA

Runtime: 97 mins

Color

Language: English

 

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Pulsating with sex, drugs, and betrayal, a small-town New England murder became one of the highest-profile cases of the past twenty-five years. The first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the consciousness of America. From gavel to gavel, a nation tuned

in, and reality TV was born. The trial, the non-stop media attention surrounding it, and the events that caused it have inspired over 20 years of television, books, plays, and movies, including To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant.

With the suspense of a fiction thriller, CAPTIVATED rewinds the facts. It probes whether the media’s insatiable storytelling combined with Pamela Smart’s demeanor and naiveté settled the verdict long before the case was argued in court. CAPTIVATED makes us question everything we’re told as the line between news and entertainment continues to blur.

 

CREW

 

Director:

Jeremiah Zagar

 

Editor:

Keiko Deguchi

 

Director of Photography:

Naiti Gámez,

 

Producer(s):

Lori Cheatle,

 

Executive Producer(s),

John Battsek & Nicole Stott

PRESS QUOTES

“Masterful” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

 

“There has never been a more insightful look than Jeremiah Zagar’s brilliant documentary” – FORBES

 

“Thoroughly engrossing - far more fascinating than fiction.”

– THE ONION A/V CLUB

 

“Proves you don’t always know what you think you know- fascinating” – L.A. WEEKLY

 

“It’s not only an enthralling dissection of the idea of justice in the modern media age; it’s also an important piece that could conceivably help lead to Smart’s release from prison, ala the West Memphis Three case” - SALT LAKE MAGAZINE

 

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MARCH 2015

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

 

NOVEMBER 2014

IDFA (Amsterdam)

 

OCTOBER 2014

BFI London Film Festival

New Hampshire Film Festival

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

Bergen International Film Festival

Rio International Film Festival

 

JUNE 2014

Provincetown Film Festival

Nantucket Film Festival

 

APRIL-MAY 2014

Hot Docs

 

APRIL 2014

Sarasota Film Festival

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

 

FEBRUARY-MARCH 2014

True/False Film Festival

 

JANUARY 2014

Sundance Film Festival

Special features

 

  • Audience Q&A with director Jeremiah Zagar at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto
  • English and Spanish Captioning
  • Theatrical Traile

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