In this conversation, EoM senior interviewer Thomas Manning speaks with filmmaker Chris Kasick about his feature documentary directorial debut Citizen Sleuth, an official selection at SXSW 2023.
Kasick discusses the vast evolution of the project over a five year period and talks about the unique ethical concerns of the documentary’s subject matter.
If you prefer an audio version, you can listen to the full interview here:
Citizen Sleuth examines the ethics of the true crime genre and how the power of narrative can affect truth and communities. The film follows Emily Nestor and her Mile Marker 181 podcast, as she conducts an amateur murder investigation into the death of Jaleayah Davis. Emily teases a cover-up by the Sheriff’s Department and pursues her top suspects. With a growing audience of millions, Emily’s podcast becomes a hit. But as she gets deeper into her investigation, Emily’s confronted with a new truth she struggles to tell her listeners. Told in real time over years, Citizen Sleuth chronicles the rise, fall, and redemption of a podcaster in the new media landscape.
Screening during SXSW 2023.
For more information, head to the official SXSW Citizen Sleuth webpage.
Thomas Manning is a member of the NCFCA and SEFCA, and also the co-host of the television show and radio program Meet Me at the Movies. He has served as a production assistant and voting member on the Film Selection Committee for the Real to Reel Film Festival. Additionally, he manages his own film review and interview site, The Run-Down on Movies. Recently, Manning graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a double-major in Communications and English. His passion for cinema and storytelling is rivaled only by his love for the music of Taylor Swift.