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A Gray State (2017)



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In 2010 David Crowley, an Iraq veteran, aspiring filmmaker and charismatic up-and-coming voice in fringe politics, began production on his film A 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 of 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.

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Unfolding like a more intricately plotted installment of "48 Hours," Erik Nelson's "A Gray State" is a genuinely unsettling examination of a 2015 murder case.

November 22, 2017

Even in its more meandering moments it is a gripping, almost unbearably dark watch.

November 8, 2017 | Full Review…

This well-crafted doc makes for an absorbingly bizarre footnote. One suspects we are living in a historical epoch that is going to provide many such footnotes for some time to come.

November 4, 2017 | Full Review…

A real-life tale that's as unsettling as it is precisely of-the-moment.

November 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Clear enough about what happened to be ambiguous about what it means, the film makes only one clean argument: Truth isn't always stranger than fiction, but it's often a hell of a lot sadder.

November 2, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Engrossing for the reasons it's also unsatisfying: As Adam Shambour, a friend of Mr. Crowley's, says, it's a mystery that answers all the major questions except "Why?"

November 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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