A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As 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. Pulsating with sex, drugs, betrayal, and murder, the trial inspired 20 years of television shows, books, plays, and movies, including To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant.
Unfolding with the suspense of a fiction film, CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart reexamines a case we thought we knew and cuts into deeper, hidden layers. With surgical precision, master filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar unmasks the role of the media in creating a skewed version of reality that the public now accepts as truth. Fascinating, sexy, and cunningly brilliant, CAPTIVATED makes us question everything we’re told as the line between journalism and entertainment continues to blur. - D.C.
About the Director
Jeremiah Zagar is the cofounder of Public Record, a production company specializing in commercial and documentary storytelling. His documentary In A Dream screened theatrically across the U.S. and was broadcast on HBO. The film won numerous awards and received two Emmy Award nominations, including one for best documentary. His other work includes the Emmy Award–nominated Starved for Attention for Doctors Without Borders and the short documentary Heart Stop Beating, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Cast and Credits
Director: Jeremiah Zagar
Producer: Lori Cheatle
Executive Producers: John Battsek, Sheila Nevins, Celia Taylor, Nicole Stott, Andrew Ruhemann, Siobhan Mullholland
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