Mommy Dead and Dearest

Mommy Dead and Dearest

Dee Dee Blanchard and her ailing, wheelchair-bound daughter, Gypsy Rose, are beloved members of Springfield, Missouri. The tight-knit community is rocked when Dee Dee is found murdered in her home, and Gypsy is missing…

What starts out as a grisly tale of matricide morphs into a rabbit hole of deception and unrelenting abuse, journeying towards the truth about what happened that night. Featuring exclusive access to Gypsy from prison and a trove of police interrogation tapes, medical records, and secret conversations. This HBO Documentary Film is a disturbing, first-hand look at a life arrested and the consequences of trying to keep someone young forever.

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Erin Lee Carr


Director: Erin Lee Carr
Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins
Producer: Andrew Rossi, Erin Lee Carr
Cinematographer: Bryan Sarkinen
Editor: Andrew Coffman
Music: Ian Hultquist
Additional Credits: Supervising Producer: Sara Bernstein, Co-Producer: Alison Byrne, Co-Producer: Andrew Coffman, Field Producer: Cora Engelbrecht, Associate Producer: Marielle Olentine, FOIA Consultant: Hannah Levintova


HBO Documentary Films
Public Film Contact
Lana Iny
HBO Documentary Films
Publicity Contact
Donna Daniels
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2016
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Crime, Documentary, Horror, Mystery
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 82 mins