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A Gray State (2017)

TV-MA | | Documentary | 3 November 2017 (USA)
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A documentary about the mysterious death of fringe political filmmaker David Crowley, who was found dead alongside members of his family in their suburban Minnesota home in January of 2015.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Crowley ... Himself (archive footage)
Komel Crowley ... Herself (archive footage)
Rani Crowley ... Herself (archive footage)
Dan Crowley Sr. ... Himself (as Dan Crowley)
Dan Crowley Jr. ... Himself (as Dan Crowley)
Michael Boggio ... Himself
Greg Fernandez ... Himself
Mitch Heil ... Himself
Mason Hendricks ... Himself
Dan Hennen ... Himself
Susan Houghton ... Herself
Sarah Johnson ... Herself
Tom Lyden ... Himself
Danny August Mason ... Himself
Michael O'Donnell ... Himself
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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 '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 as well as 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. Written by Production

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A Fascinating Story That Is Only Mildly Repetitive
21 January 2018 | by neener3707See all my reviews

While I do think this was a great documentary with an interesting enough story to tell, it was slightly repetitive in spots. About a new director with budding potential named David Crowley who is mysteriously murdered while creating an admittedly provocative film about a police state with an oppressive government. The story, while repetitive at times, does a great job telling the story to the viewer, providing an easily understood story of David's personal life, his life as a promising new director, and his families unfortunate end. But as I said before, the only slight drawback is that it often repeats itself when telling the story. And we will discuss it.

The film jumps around between David's personal life, his work on the film, and his murder. The issue is SOMETIMES, the story repeats itself when starting a new section. I found myself thinking that the film already explained that he was a potentially great film maker, feeling that the film repeats its to remind you of things that didn't happen too long ago for me to forget and need to be reminded. I would have also liked to hear more about his murder, which I found to be an interesting plot line that wasn't fleshed out as much as I would of hoped. But I must emphasize that these are only minor issues.

Over all I would recommend the film to anyone, though some may find it to be too conspiracy theory laden, but as an avid documentary viewer, I enjoyed it.


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