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. With the suspense of fiction thriller, CAPTIVATED rewinds the facts. It probes whether the media’s insatiable storytelling combined with Pamela Smart’s demeanor and naïveté 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.

CREDITS

DIRECTOR: Jeremiah Zagar
PRODUCER: Lori Cheatle
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: John Battsek, Nicole Stott
CO-PRODUCER: Gabriel Sedwick
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Naiti Gamez
EDITOR: Keiko Deguchi
CO-PRODUCTION: HBO, Sky Atlantic
DISTRIBUTOR: Kimstim, HBO International
RELEASE DATE: 2014

PRESS

“A superb example of the form.”
– Sundance Now

“A fascinating and haunting meditation on America’s flawed justice system.”
– VICE

“There has never been more insightful examination than Jeremiah Zagar’s brilliant documentary.”
– Forbes