A Gray State

Spotlight Documentary

World Premiere

USA | 93 MINUTES

A GRAY STATE

Documentary
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 and 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.

Directed by Grizzly Man producer Erik Nelson and Executive Produced by Werner Herzog, A Gray State combs through Crowley’s archive of 13,000 photographs, hundreds of hours of home video, and exhaustive behind-the-scenes footage of Crowley’s work in progress to reveal what happens when a paranoid view of the government turns inward — blurring the lines of what is real and what people want to believe.

—Jason Gutierrez

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Erik Nelson

Erik Nelson is the producer of Werner Herzog's award-winning documentaries Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World, Into the Abyss and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. His work as a director includes the Harlan Ellison documentary, Dreams with Sharp Teeth, which premiered at SXSW in 2008.
Director
Erik Nelson
Cinematographer
David Crowley, Thomas Kaufman
Editor
Lara Andre
Composer
David Crowley
Executive Producer
Molly Thompson, Robert Sharenow, Elaine Frontain Bryant
Producer
Amy Briamonte, Erik Nelson
Supervising Producer
Peter Hankoff

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Nathaniel Baruch
Topic
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 917 306 9585
nathaniel.baruch@topic.com
International Sales Contact
Molly Thompson
A&E IndieFilms
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212 210 9044
molly.thompson@aenetworks.com
US Sales Contact
Josh Braun
Submarine
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 917 687 3111
josh@submarine.com
Print Source
Robert Erickson
Creative Differences
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Phone: 805 304 0756
rlefilms@gmail.com