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Netflix heads to “Murder Mountain” with Lightbox

Streaming giant Netflix has acquired Murder Mountain, the six-part true crime murder-mystery docuseries from multi-platform media company Lightbox. Murder Mountain, which earlier this year premiered across youth-focused broadcaster Fuse, explores a series of ...
November 21, 2018

Streaming giant Netflix has acquired Murder Mountain, the six-part true crime murder-mystery docuseries from multi-platform media company Lightbox.

Murder Mountain, which earlier this year premiered across youth-focused broadcaster Fuse, explores a series of murders in Humboldt County, California, where dozens of people have gone missing in the last few years — more than any other county in the state.

The series focuses primarily on the 2013 disappearance of 29-year-old Garret Rodriguez, as well as the events surrounding the investigation into his whereabouts.

Murder Mountain also delves into Humboldt’s marijuana farms. Cannabis is the dominant local industry, and the legalization of marijuana cultivation and consumption now threatens a black market that has thrived for decades.

Lightbox co-founders Jonathan and Simon Chinn serve as executive producers with co-executive producers Stephen Neely and Matt Testa. It is directed by Joshua Zeman.

Murder Mountain is a riveting tale about vigilante justice and outlaw culture in a lawless community that resembles America’s Wild West past,” said Jonathan and Simon Chinn in a statement. “The series pulls back the curtain on a secret world few of us know anything about, with a cast of real-life isolationists, outlaws, vigilantes and other unforgettable characters.”

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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