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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