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.


Erik Nelson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Crowley ... Self - Director, Gray State (archive footage)
Danny August Mason ... Self - Gray State Co-Creator & Actor (as Danny Mason)
Alex Jones ... Self - Radio Personality (archive footage)
Sean Wright ... Self - David's Friend
Jason Allen Jason Allen ... Self - Gray State Fan
Joseph Seaton ... Self - David's Friend
Mason Hendricks ... Self - David's Friend
Chris Peck ... Self - David's Friend
Komel Crowley ... Self - David's Wife (archive footage)
Dan Crowley Sr. ... Self - David's Father (as Dan Crowley)
Judy Prochnow Judy Prochnow ... Self - Neighbor
Collin Prochnow Collin Prochnow ... Self - Neighbor
Tom Lyden ... Self - Reporter, Fox 9 Minneapolis
Cory Zurowski ... Self - Feature Writer, City Pages
Greg Fernandez ... Self - Citizen Investigator


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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Focused on the demons outside. Consumed by those within.




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Self - Director, Gray State: But when she dies, he lets her go, spiritually understanding that she got out and he will too.
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Unfortunate story
14 April 2020 | by CalicodreaminSee all my reviews

The very unfortunate story of the murder-suicide of the Crowley family. The documentary includes relevant interviews and archival footage. A thoughtful timeline of events is presented and the interviews have good flow. Most of the content is about the making of Davids movie and gave the documentary a home movie vibe rather than a true crime vibe. Overall a decent documentary.

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3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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