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Westdoc Online explores “Captive Audience” with director Jessica Dimmock

Realscreen is partnering with filmmaker and executive producer Chuck Braverman and his Westdoc Online video interview series to present his discussions with acclaimed documentarians and non-fiction content industry figures. In the ...
June 28, 2022

Realscreen is partnering with filmmaker and executive producer Chuck Braverman and his Westdoc Online video interview series to present his discussions with acclaimed documentarians and non-fiction content industry figures.

In the latest episode, Braverman talks to director Jessica Dimmock about her three-part true crime docuseries, Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story, airing on Hulu. Produced by filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo, the series explores the kidnapping of then-seven-year-old Steven Stayner in the 1970s, a story that was also adapted into the made-for-TV movie I Know My Name is Steven.

During the discussion, the pair cover Dimmock’s previous career as a photojournalist, why she doesn’t edit her films, and the many twists and turns that marked the story of the Stayner family over the decades, which led to what Dimmock calls the subtext of the film: “to tell a story about how [a] story is told.”

For Braverman’s interview with Dimmock and other episodes of Westdoc, visit the official site here. Recent Westdoc interview guests have included filmmakers such as Ken Burns, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Rory Kennedy.

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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