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Video Reflections: The Jeffrey Dahmer Files Looks Into The Abyss

Now on DVD, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files is a documentary that attempts to tease out the effect the infamous serial killer's actions had on the city of Milwaukee Wisconsin, particular the largely black neighborhood where he lived when he committed his crimes. The film, originally titled Jeff, debuted last year at SXSW. In his review for Twitch, Scott Weinberg wrote that it "whittles a massive, disturbing story down to its essence. ... From the memories, insights, and anecdotes of Pamela Bass, Pat Kennedy, and Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen, we learn all we need to know about Dahmer's repulsive activities. If you're looking for a documentary that focuses on Dahmer's childhood, his psychoses, or the media frenzy surrounding his arrest, look elsewhere. This film, to its credit,...

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The Jeffrey Dahmer Files Open on DVD

One of the best damned documentaries of the year, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, is on its way to home video, and we've got all the details you need along with the artwork right here. Check it out and look for it on DVD July 23, 2013.

From the Press Release

What drove a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies over a 13-year period. Stories of necrophilia and cannibalism added to the horror of Dahmer's crimes. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files talks to those who knew Dahmer during and after his hidden killing spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy and Dahmer neighbor Pamela Bass, among others, are interwoven with archival footage
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Acclaimed Documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files Heads to DVD This July!

Chris James Thompson’s The Jeffrey Dahmer Files was a shocking and enthralling look at one of history’s most infamous serial killers and those who had directly interacted with him before, during and after his rampage (review).

It was perfect balance between interviews with the actual people involved, and well done reenactments of Dahmer’s day to day life. It’s now been announced that the film will make its way to DVD on July 23rd via IFC Films.

“What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files explores this Midwestern city by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen,
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Movie Review: The Jeffrey Dahmer Files!!

Serial killers have always fascinated me. Not in an admiration sort of way (obviously), but in a “how can someone do that?” kind of way. I’ve never understood how a human being could have such dark places in their brain that would make them do such horrible things to others. It’s enthralled me since childhood, and one thing that I’ve always wondered, is how the actions of a serial killer affects those who had encountered them. Chris James Thompson’s The Jeffrey Dahmer Files addresses just that, and I’ve got to say, it’s a home run of a film.

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files gives you two different approaches throughout the film. The first one is a documentary, featuring interviews with three people: Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, (the man who was responsible for getting Dahmer to confess), Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, (who was in charge
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Now On Demand: “The Jeffrey Dahmer Files”

Now On Demand: “The Jeffrey Dahmer Files”
Chris James Thompson’s documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files is now on VOD. The documentary features archival footage and interviews with people who knew the man behind the 17 killings in Milwaukee in 1991. A trailer has been released, as well as some new clips from the film.

Here’s the synopsis:

What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files explores this Midwestern city by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer’s life, working collectively to disassemble the facade of an
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Review: ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Files’ Finds a Compelling Story And Lets Everything Else Devour It

Editor’s Note: This review originally ran during the 2012 SXSW Film Festival (when the film was titled Jeff), but we’re re-running it now as the film opens in limited theatrical release. Documentary director Chris James Thompson would like us to remember that even serial killers have neighbors, or ride the bus, or go the pharmacy. Of course, they also kill and maim and even eat their victims or get caught, but they still have some of the same needs as everyone else. In Thompson’s Jeffrey Dahmer documentary, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, the filmmaker attempts to take us inside the mind of both Dahmer and a handful of those who surrounded him during his crimes and their aftermath. Unfortunately, the film lacks any sort of suitable or satisfying entry point for the uninitiated, and might still prove to be a bit obtuse even for those who know what they’re getting into. As
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'The Jefferey Dahmer Files' One Sheet and Trailer Releases

by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

The Jefferey Dahmer Files, a new chilling and experimental documentary from IFC Midnight is now playing in select theaters and available to watch on Cable VOD, SundanceNow, iTunes and other digital outlets.

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, directed by Chris James Thompson, explores this question through archival footage and interviews with the people who knew the infamous serial killer during that horrific summer.

Take a look at the trailer and larger one sheet below the official synopsis.

Synopsis:

What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies.

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files explores this Midwestern city by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree.

Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen,
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Exclusive: The Jeffrey Dahmer Files 'Conversation' Clip

Exclusive: The Jeffrey Dahmer Files 'Conversation' Clip
What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files explores this Midwestern city by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Pat Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer's life, working collectively to disassemble the facade of an ordinary man leading an ordinary existence. We have an exclusive clip for you to check out before this in-depth documentary opens in select theaters starting today, February 15th.

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files - Exclusive "Conversation"

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files was released February 15th, 2013 and stars Andrew Swant, Pamela Bass, Jeffrey Jentzen,
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Fill Up Your Plate with Three New Clips from The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

It's time once again to peer a little bit deeper into the mind of an absolute madman with several new clips from IFC Midnight's chilling documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files. Check 'em out and lose your lunch.

From the Press Release

IFC Midnight has acquired all North American and UK rights to director Chris James Thompson’s documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files. Thompson also produced the film with Jack Turner and co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Swant and Joe Riepenhoff. Chris Smith and Barry Poltermann executive produced the project, which world premiered in competition at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and also played the 2012 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto.

In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files is a documentary that explores the city of Milwaukee by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree.
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The Jeffrey Dahmer Files adds trailer, images and clips from the documentary

Watch new clips from IFC Midnight's The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, as well as the trailer and photos in the gallery. Chris James Thompson directs the release which opens in theaters today, and on cable VOD and digital outlets. Pic includes Andrew Swant, Pamela Bass, Jeffrey Jentzen, Pat Kennedy, Tom Ashbrook, Peter Batchelder and Todd Bishop, among others. What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files explores this Midwestern city by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer's life, working collectively
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The Jeffrey Dahmer Files adds trailer, images and clips from the documentary

Watch new clips from IFC Midnight's The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, as well as the trailer and photos in the gallery. Chris James Thompson directs the release which opens in theaters today, and on cable VOD and digital outlets. Pic includes Andrew Swant, Pamela Bass, Jeffrey Jentzen, Pat Kennedy, Tom Ashbrook, Peter Batchelder and Todd Bishop, among others. What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files explores this Midwestern city by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer's life, working collectively
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The Jeffrey Dahmer Files | Review

Twenty years after he was caught red handed, Jeffrey Dahmer continues to be a storytelling gold mine, but for newbie doc helmer Chris James Thompson, he was merely a demented center of a much bigger storm. His culturally struggling hometown of Milwaukee was sent into a frenzy after Dahmer’s story hit national news, but behind those fifteen gruesome murders was a rather mundane man who’s affect reached far beyond the poor families of his victims. From the African-American neighbors he befriended, to the police officers that were forced to sort through the horror that was recovered from his apartment, all were touched by evil. With suitably grainy 16 mm reenacted footage, and startling candid interviews from the people that were closest to the case, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files is a hybrid doc that delves into the affect of a serial killer on the community he was a part of
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An Exclusive Clip from The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

Striking theaters, VOD and SundanceNow tomorrow (February 15th) is The Jeffrey Dahmer Files by filmmaker Chris James Thompson.  Inside, you'll find an exclusive clip for this experimental documentary film that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer during the summer of his arrest in 1991.

The synopsis?  What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files explores this Midwestern city by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer's life, working collectively to
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The First Clip from The Jeffrey Dahmer Files Arrives in a Strange Blue Container

Next up for you cats is the first clip from IFC Midnight's The Jeffrey Dahmer Files. Look for the film to start its VOD and limited theatrical run on February 15th. Check it out.

From the Press Release

IFC Midnight has acquired all North American and UK rights to director Chris James Thompson’s documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files. Thompson also produced the film with Jack Turner and co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Swant and Joe Riepenhoff. Chris Smith and Barry Poltermann executive produced the project, which world premiered in competition at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and also played the 2012 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto.

In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files is a documentary that explores the city of Milwaukee by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree.
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Exclusive: Step Into The World Of A Serial Killer With Clip From 'The Jeffrey Dahmer Files'

Even twenty-plus years later, the name Jeffrey Dahmer sends chills down the spine. With the details of his series of murders still as grisly and disturbing today as they were back then, it's no surprise that his story continues to captivate, and the upcoming experimental documentary "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" attempts to delve into the person behind the moster. Directed by Chris James Thompson, the film presents interviews with lead detective Pat Kennedy, medical examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, and Dahmer's then-neighbor Pamela Bass, as they all weigh in with their experiences at the time. But adding to the eeriness are dramatic recreations featuring Andrew Swant as the killer going about his everyday routine. And in our exclusive clip from the film below, we saw both the documentary work and re-enactments together, and how they pair to paint an interesting portrait of someone no one ever really knew. "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" opens in limited.
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‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Files’

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

Directed by Chris James Thompson

Written by Chris James Thompson and Andrew Swant

2012, USA

The opening frames of The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, which linger on fish swimming in an aquarium as Jeffrey Dahmer (Andrew Swant) admires them, suggest this film isn’t like the other documentaries. And in many ways it is not. Begun as a fictionalized account of Jeffrey Dahmer doing his errands, director Chris James Thompson eventually decided to turn the film into a documentary to make it more dynamic. His interest was not in the specifics of the case (which are mentioned off hand when at all) but in the ways everyone involved in the case was effected.

The main interviewees are Pamela Bass, Dahmer’s former neighbor, Jeffrey Jentzen, the medical examiner on the case, and Pat Kennedy, the detective assigned to the Dahmer. All are incredibly interesting interviews, with Pat Kennedy
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Open the Trailer for The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

Next up for you cats is the first official trailer for IFC Midnight's The Jeffrey Dahmer Files. Look for the film to start its VOD and limited theatrical run on February 15th. You know, just in time to help wash down all of that Valentine's Day candy!

From the Press Release

IFC Midnight has acquired all North American and UK rights to director Chris James Thompson’s documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files. Thompson also produced the film with Jack Turner and co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Swant and Joe Riepenhoff. Chris Smith and Barry Poltermann executive produced the project, which world premiered in competition at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and also played the 2012 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto. IFC Midnight is planning an early 2013 release for the documentary.

In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files
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Exclusive: First Trailer for Chilling Serial Killer Doc The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

Want to know how to make a barrel look frightening? Put it in the hands of a notorious serial killer. We're proud to premiere the trailer for The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, which debuted last year at SXSW. Our own Scott Weinberg opined that the film "whittles a massive, disturbing story down to its essence. ... From the memories, insights, and anecdotes of Pamela Bass, Pat Kennedy, and Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen, we learn all we need to know about Dahmer's repulsive activities. If you're looking for a documentary that focuses on Dahmer's childhood, his psychoses, or the media frenzy surrounding his arrest, look elsewhere. This film is, to its credit, focuses mainly on the days before and after the cannibal's arrest." Here's the official synopsis: What...

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New Eye Candy for The Jeffrey Dahmer Files Found in the Fridge!

Next up for you cats is the first official still and one-sheet for IFC Midnight's The Jeffrey Dahmer Files. Look for the film to see a VOD and limited theatrical run on February 15th. You know, just in time to help wash down all of that Valentine's Day candy!

From the Press Release

IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring all North American and UK rights to director Chris James Thompson’s documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files. Thompson also produced the film with Jack Turner and co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Swant and Joe Riepenhoff. Chris Smith and Barry Poltermann executive produced the project, which world premiered in competition at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and also played the 2012 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto. IFC Midnight is planning an early 2013 release for the documentary.

In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for
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Review: The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

“If you were going to tell a horror story, you would write something like this." So says a woman in the documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, which played to a full house at the Milwaukee Film Fest, a reminder of our endless fascination with serial killers. Sometimes reality is far more frightening and disturbing than what even the best genre filmmakers concoct. Such is the case with Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 young males between 1978 and 1991.

Avoiding sensationalism, director Chris Thompson goes micro and focuses on three lives directly affected by Dahmer: Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen, the medical examiner at the time; Pat Kennedy, a young homicide detective and the first law enforcement officer to speak with Dahmer after his arrest in July 1991; and the aforementioned woman, Pamela Bass, who lived next door to Dahmer in the Oxford Apartments in Milwaukee.

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