Doc•u•men•ta•ry: Murder through the lens
Murder is death unlike any other, the intentional deprivation of life. In telling the story of unsolved and often seemingly cold cases (these cases are NEVER cold to the victims’ families) we are not trying to do the work of law enforcement. That’s not our job. Our job, however, is to tell the story of each victim, of that victim’s life and family, of the investigation into the crime, and the aftermath that’s left when any violent crime remains unsolved. We’re not here to criticize efforts; we’re here to let those closest to the crime tell the story.
How we choose which stories to tell
Right now these murders have to be local; my other film work has to fund the inquiries. Aside from that, really there are only two criteria that must be met:
• First, the jurisdictional police agency must be willing to share case details with us. This does not mean that we demand that they open the case files to us (it helps when they do), but that they’d take the time to review the files, share selected details and materials.
• Second, someone in the victim’s family must be willing for us to tell the story of the murder. Not all families will welcome refreshing the pain that inevitably accompanies a murder. Often families are not of a single mind about whether they want us to get involved or not. There is no hard-and-fast rule about how we’ll proceed…with the exception that it will be prayerful.
At this time, we are working on murders in West Michigan. If our enterprise is successful, we may be willing to go further afield and take on cases where we’d have to do more than drive. (Deo volente labor proficit.)
Beyond that, there is no charge to families or law agencies for our services.