TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield discusses his film about South Central Los Angeles’ notorious serial killer of women, and his other films including AILEEN: LIFE AND DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER. We look at clips and the trailer from the film, and discuss the criminal justice blind spot for minority crime, and making a portrait of Los Angeles from the underside that gets ignored by most. It is a scary look into the shadow of Hollywood on this BYOD interview, hosted by Ondi Timoner.
Nick Broomfield is the maker of such documentaries as KURT & COURTNEY, BIGGIE & TUPAC, SARAH PALIN: YOU BETCHA!, and now TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER. He is the recipient of the following awards amongst others, Sundance first prize, British Academy Award, Prix Italia, Dupont Peabody Award, Grierson Award, Hague Peace Prize, Amnesty International Doen Award.
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00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
00:05 Introducing Nick Broomfield, director of Tales of the Grim Sleeper.
01:55 Nicknames Broomfield picked up while shooting Tales of the Grim Sleeper.
04:35 Clip of subjects from the documentary talking about the Grim Sleeper.
06:30 How the backstory can be more interesting than the subject.
10:30 Trailer of Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.
12:10 Learning about the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murderers.
14:05 Creating a portrait of Los Angeles through filmmaking.
15:30 Why the Grim Sleeper could not exist in another part of Los Angeles.
20:40 Pam Brooks and the role she played in the film.
24:00 The inescapable conditions of south-central Los Angeles.
26:30 Clip from Tales of the Grim Sleeper.
27:45 The many layers of the documentary.
28:25 Talking with survivors of the Grim Sleeper, and the lack of response from LAPD.
31:30 The strange conditions of interpersonal relationships.
39:20 Will this movie effect how the case is ruled?
42:15 Broomfield’s thoughts on how to start fixing inequality.
45:50 Thank you and goodbye.
46:45 Trailer for Tales of the Grim Sleeper.