Guests: Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi
This weeks guests Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi spent ten years of their lives documenting the Avery case which became the Netflix docu-series “Making a Murderer”.
For us, and countless others around the world, the holiday season was consumed with one thing – binge watching the show. We speak to the filmmakers in the midst of what must be the biggest post-airing frenzy in recent memory, with developments and commentary occurring daily.
If you have not watched the complete series, please know that this episode and the text below contain spoilers.
In 2005 the series filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi were NYC film students when a newspaper story caught their attention. A Wisconsin man named Steven Avery had been released from prison after having been wrongly imprisoned for 18 years for a sexual assault he didn’t commit. Avery filed suit against Manitowoc County, Wis., and several individuals involved in his arrest. Shortly after, however, Avery found himself behind bars again, this time accused of the murder of local photographer Teresa Halbach. To make matters even more complicated, the same authorities he had been suing were heavily involved in gathering evidence in this case.
Was Steven Avery setup by the local authorities as payback for the lawsuit? Is an innocent man in jail the second time? Was 16-year-old Brendan Dassey's confession coerced?
The series is spellbinding and infuriating, regardless of guilt or innocence, as it shines a light on the entire justice system.
Image credits: Netflix, Synthesis Films
Host/Producer: Christina Jeurling Birro
Producer: Renee Viterstedt
Editor: Tom Hansen
Theme Song: Carl Borg
Moira Demos is a filmmaker, producer and editor best known for her work on Salt, and Get Him to the Greek and Making a Murderer.
Prior to working in film, Laura Ricciardi worked as a lawyer and holds JD from New York Law School and an MFA in film from Columbia University School of the Arts. Along with Moira Demos she is a filmmaker, producer and editor on the documentary Making a Murderer.