The Trials of
DIRECTOR: JEREMIAH ZAGAR - PRODUCER: LORI CHEATLE
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: JOHN BATTSEK, NICOLE STOTT - CO-PRODUCER: GABRIEL SEDGWICK
CINEMATOGRAPHER: NAITI GÁMEZ - EDITOR: KEIKO DEGUCHI
A HARD WORKING MOVIES PRODUCTION in association with PASSION PICTURES
FOR HBO AND SKY ATLANTIC
Pulsating with sex, drugs, murder 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.
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.
“A superb example of the form” – Anthony Kaufman, SundanceNow
“A fascinating and haunting meditation on
America’s flawed justice system” – VICE
“There has never been a more insightful examination than Jeremiah Zagar’s brilliant documentary.” – Marcia Clark, FORBES