Riveting...'A Gray State' provides timely political commentary along with a fascinating true-life crime tale.
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Gray State

In 2010 David Crowley, an Iraq veteran, aspiring filmmaker and charismatic, up-and-coming voice in fringe politics, began production on his film 'Gray State.' Set in a dystopian near-future where civil liberties are trampled by an unrestrained federal government, the film’s crowd-funded trailer was enthusiastically received by the burgeoning online community of libertarians, Tea Party activists and members of the nascent alt-right. In January 2015, Crowley was found dead with his family in their suburban Minnesota home. Their shocking deaths quickly become a cause célèbre for conspiracy theorists who speculate that Crowley was assassinated by a shadowy government concerned about a film and filmmaker that was getting too close to the truth about their aims.

Directed by
Grizzly Man producer Erik Nelson and executive produced by Werner Herzog, A Gray State combs through Crowley’s archive of 13,000 photographs, hundreds of hours of home video, and exhaustive behind-the-scenes footage of his work in progress to reveal what happens when a paranoid view of the government turns inward — blurring the lines of what is real and what people want to believe.

"Chilling...a harrowing portrait." - Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

"A compelling, highly dramatic piece of documentary filmmaking." - Chris Barsanti, The Playlist

"Donald Trump's embrace of Alex Jones and his InfoWars outlet has gone a long way toward legitimizing the alt-right fringe, a space rife with conspiracy theories about the corruptness of the national media and the dictatorial schemes of the federal government. Together, Jones and Trump (and Trump's right-hand buddy, Steve Bannon) have helped stoke the flames of anti-establishment 'fake news' extremism—and as Erik Nelson's A Gray State makes clear, that sort of fanaticism can lead to tragic consequences for all involved." - Nick Schager, The Daily Beast

Played at

Music Hall, 11.24.17 - 11.30.17
Rated NR
Runtime: 93 min
Language: English

Director: Erik Nelson
FEATURED REVIEW: Anthony Kaufman, Screen Daily
Everyone loves a conspiracy—which is one of the reasons that A Gray State, a tantalising and fascinating real-life story, makes for compelling viewing. But it’s also supremely timely. Directed by Werner Herzog producer Erik Nelson ('Grizzly Man,' 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams...