Doc Filmmakers on How to Tell a True Crime Story

Doc Filmmakers on How to Tell a True Crime Story
Recording: Doc Filmmakers on How to Tell a True Crime Story, Mar 10, 2018


Erin Lee Carr


Deborah S Esquenazi

Deborah S Esquenazi Productions LLC

Ryan White

Tripod Media

There is no denying our national fascination for true crime content, and the appetite for these stories continues to grow, among audiences and filmmakers alike. A stellar lineup of documentary filmmakers discuss what drew them to these emotional stories and highlight some of the unique challenges they face when crafting deeply personal narratives about life and death…innocence or guilt. With a life potentially hanging in the balance, non-fiction storytellers are keenly aware of how they represent their subjects – but how do they balance that with their responsibility to victims? What burden does a filmmaker willingly take on when developing relationships with individuals whose lives or livelihood are on the line? Is there a cost that comes from exposing the cracks in our justice system?

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge
Event Type: Session