Date: July 31, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Directed by Jeremiah Zagar and produced by Lori Cheatle.
Includes a conversation with director Jeremiah Zagar and producer Lori Cheatle
When the TV curtain rose on the Pamela Smart murder case 23 years ago, the world was a different place. Reality television was in its infancy, and the television rarely focused on the dramas surrounding ordinary Americans. All that changed when Smart, a 21-year-old New Hampshire woman, was accused of plotting the 1990 murder of her husband, Gregory. As the first fully televised, gavel to gavel court case, the nation tuned in to the Smart case, and reality TV was born. Pulsating with sex, drugs, betrayal, and murder, the trial inspired 20 years of television shows, books, plays, and movies, including To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant. HBO’sCAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart takes a new look at a story we thought we knew. Director Jeremiah Zagar unmasks the role of the media coverage of the case and how it may have impacted the trial and sentencing. In addition to interviews with prosecuting and defending attorneys and journalists who reported on the case at the time, the film also includes insights from Smart’s friends and acquaintances, including childhood friends and former inmates who served time with her, the first interview with one of the boys convicted in the case, and a new intimate interview with Smart herself. CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart premieres on August 18th on HBO