A Murder In Mansfield Directed
Barbara Kopple USA / 2017 / 87 minutes
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Upstate Films I RHINEBECK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Barbara Kopple
The search for truth and resolution is at the core of this riveting documentary about the gruesome murder of Noreen Boyle by her philandering and abusive physician husband and the impact on their then 12-year-old son Collier and barely three-year-old Elizabeth. The doctor's motive? To start a new life with his pregnant girlfriend. The celebrated trial played to a packed courtroom and clips from Collier's testimony, seated facing his father recounting the harrowing event with amazing composure, are heart wrenching. Now, returning home as an adult, Collier is obsessed with ferreting out the truth from his imprisoned father who, despite overwhelming evidence, continues to proclaim his innocence. Is it possible to forgive — let alone love — such a despicable person? “All I ever wanted was a father who loved me,” confesses Collier. In the hands of master documentarian Barbara Kopple, this superbly constructed film becomes a meditation on the quest for healing and forgiveness. —Barbara Pokras, ACE
Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker. A director and producer of narrative films, documentaries and commercial spots, her most recent project is A Murder In Mansfield. Other recent projects include This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, Miss Sharon Jones!, Shelter, Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation, and Running from Crazy.
Barbara produced and directed Harlan County USA and American Dream, both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Other films include The House of Steinbrenner, Woodstock:? Now and Then, Shut Up and Sing, A Conversation with Gregory Peck, My Generation, Wild Man Blues, Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, for which she won a DGA Award for Outstanding Direction, and many more. ?
Kopple directed the narrative feature Havoc. Her television work includes episodes of OZ on HBO and Homicide, for which she won a DGA Award for Outstanding Direction. She has directed spots for companies such as Sprint, Applebee's, Dove, Target, The Tiger Woods Foundation, Pearl Vision and the Children's Defense Fund.
Cast/Featuring: Collier Landry
Executive Producer(s): Barbara Kopple, David Cassidy, Collier Landry, John Morrissey, Diana Sperrazza
Producer(s): Barbara Kopple, David Cassidy, Ray Nowosielski
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