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Erin Lee Carr’s “Mommy Dead and Dearest” heads to HBO

Documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr will bring her latest true-crime exploration of murder in the age of social media to HBO. HBO Documentary Films will present Mommy Dead and Dearest, which details the ...
October 27, 2016

Documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr will bring her latest true-crime exploration of murder in the age of social media to HBO.

HBO Documentary Films will present Mommy Dead and Dearest, which details the death of Dee Dee Blanchard at the hands of her disabled daughter, Gypsy Rose, in March 2017.

Featuring exclusive prison access to Gypsy Rose Blanchard, Mommy Dead and Dearest gives a disturbing, first-hand look at a bizarre case and probes one of psychology’s most controversial conditions: Munchausen by proxy syndrome.

The documentary was directed and produced by Carr; produced by Andrew Rossi and co-produced by Alison Byrne and Andrew Coffman. For HBO, Sara Bernstein served as senior producer, with Sheila Nevins on board as  executive producer.

HBO was also home to Carr’s 2015 documentary Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Copexploring the “thought crime” case of an NYPD officer called “The Cannibal Cop” by the press after being convicted of conspiring to kidnap, rape, kill and eat several women, only to be later acquitted.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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