Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

Produced by Lori Cheatle at Hard Working Films NY and Executive Produced by Passion Pictures for HBO and Sky Atlantic.


Jeremiah Zagar


Lori Cheatle

Executive Producers

John Battsek | Nicole Stott


Keiko Deguchi


Naiti Gámez

Jeremiah Zagar’s CAPTIVATED – THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART – In an extraordinary and tragic American story, a small town murder becomes one of the highest profile cases of all time. From its historic role as the first televised trial to the many books and movies made, the film looks at the media’s enduring impact on the case.

“There has never been a more insightful examination than Jeremiah Zagar’s brilliant documentary.”
Marcia Clark, FORBES

“A fascinating and haunting meditation on America’s flawed justice system”

“A superb example of the form"
Anthony Kaufman, SundanceNow

“Unfolding with the suspense of a fiction film [which] re-examines a case we thought we knew and cuts into deeper, hidden layers. With surgical precision, master filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar unmasks the role of the media in creating a skewed version of reality that the public now accepts as truth. Fascinating, sexy and cunningly brilliant, CAPTIVATED makes us question everything we’re told as the line between journalism and entertainment continues to blur.”