Distributor:  KimStim
Length:  98 minutes
Date:  2015
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

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A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century.

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

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. But did the media circus surrounding the case prevent a fair trial? 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.

'MASTERFUL.' - Entertainment Weekly

'A fascinating and haunting meditation on America's flawed justice system.' - VICE

'There has never been a more insightful look than Jeremiah Zagar's brilliant documentary.' - Forbes

'It makes us reconsider the chilling effect live cameras in the courtroom have on ... everyone. ' - The Boston Herald

'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

'A fascinating look at the birth of the court trial as televised spectacle, and how the packaging and repackaging of 'real-life' stories inevitably turns them into fiction.' - The Philadelphia Inquirer


** World Premiere, Sundance Film Festival


Main credits

Zagar, Jeremiah (film director)
Cheatle, Lori (film producer)
Sedgwick, Gabriel (film producer)

Other credits

Directory of photography, Naiti Gámez; editor, Keiko Deguchi; music by Zoë Keating.

Distributor credits

A film by Jeremiah Zagar

Docuseek2 subjects

Criminal Justice, Law and Legal Studies
Mass Media

Distributor subjects

Criminal Justice
KimStim Collection


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