True Crime Stories: Relationships and Responsibilities


Oct. 24 2017, Published 8:00 p.m. ET

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VENUE: Tribeca Film Center

ADDRESS: 375 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013, USA

There is no doubt that the "true crime" documentary genre is thriving and that such film and television projects are enjoying unprecedented buzz. Studies show that women are their biggest audience, and broadcasters are taking notice. We will explore this phenomenon through an in-depth conversation with creators who make crime stories that matter.

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By the nature of their work, non-fiction storytellers are always considering how to present and represent their subjects through the creative process. But how is that further complicated in the "true crime" space, when the stakes might literally be life or death? Where do they draw the line between journalism and entertainment? A panel of filmmakers and network executives will discuss the brass tacks of telling these stories and examine their ethical boundaries and sense of responsibility in developing relationships with individuals whose lives or livelihoods are on the line.


  • Kelly Loudenberg, filmmaker, The Confession Tapes
  • Bari Pearlman, director/producer
  • Stephanie Steele, Vice President of Current Production, Oxygen Media
  • Andrea Marks, moderator

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