Synopsis

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. 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.

“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

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2014

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Directed by
JEREMIAH ZAGAR

Produced by
LORI CHEATLE

Executive Producers
JOHN BATTSEK
NICOLE SCOTT
ANDREW RUHEMANN of Passion Pictures

Executive Producer for HBO
SHEILA NEVINS

Senior Producer for HBO
LISA HELLER

Executive Producers for
Sky Atlantic
CELIA TAYLOR
SIOBHAN MULHOLLAND

Co-produced by
GABRIEL SEDGWICK

Associate Producer
STACEY TOAL

Director of Photography
NAITI GÁMEZ

Editor
KEIKO DEGUCHI