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Dr.Death and His Dog

Acclaimed American documentary director Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, Gates of Heaven, A Brief History of Time) has a couple of projects for which he's trying to secure complete financing and distribution. Dr. Death, a US$2 million picture shot with...
October 1, 1997

Acclaimed American documentary director Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, Gates of Heaven, A Brief History of Time) has a couple of projects for which he’s trying to secure complete financing and distribution. Dr. Death, a US$2 million picture shot with funding from U.K.’s Channel 4, is the story about an electric-chair repairman and death-machine designer. Also on the slate for Morris is the upcoming Warner Bros. feature, The Trial of King Boots, which tells the true story of a dog in Detroit, Michigan put on trial for murder. As with most of his pictures, Morris found the story in clippings from the newspaper.

‘It is an extrordianary story’ says Morris. ‘I’ve never come across anything like it – the dog was accused of killing his owner’s mother by dog bite.’ Morris calls the story a great miscarriage of justice.

Perhaps he will be able to do for the dog in this case what he did for Randall Dale Adams with The Thin Blue Line, the 1988 documentary credited with overturning Adams’ conviction for the murder of a Dallas police officer.

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-Production Briefs: Pulp Non-Fiction

-Soop’s On

-Moon over Jimi

-Spotlight On: Filmproduktion edition disegno

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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