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When Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos first started working on Making a Murderer, Netflix wasn't a thing and any legal trouble could have. Netflix's Making a Murderer returns, offering an update on Steven Avery's bid to overturn his murder conviction, but who are the two women. Moira Demos sounds positively wistful when describing the decade-long process of filming the first season of Making a Murderer with her.
I think that our background plays huge into that. How did you first pick this story up? It was actually my partner, Laura Ricciardi, whose attention was first grabbed.
We were at Columbia finishing our graduate program in film. We saw this as a chance to do a checkup on the American criminal justice system. How hard was it to get this story? It certainly took a lot of time.
We were there and we developed relationships and trust with the subjects. When you talk to 12 people you see a lot of connections.
The material was all right there for us if we were willing to do the leg work. We had several news outlets hang up on us when we called to ask for licensed footage. The state was on a fishing expedition to shut down our production. The series is intended for people to ask questions about what they hear on the news.
We are showing how the bulk of the story is not making it to the public.
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Would you ever want to do anything other than documentary now? It was not documentary that we went to film school for. We are approaching new projects in terms of that, but documentaries can be a more accessible form of filmmaking.
Interview was edited and condensed.
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So to see the public responding to the material and really engaging in a dialogue about the American criminal justice system and issues that transcend the system was more than we could have dreamed.
Now available to stream, the episode followup season tracks the legal odysseys that Avery and Dassey have been on since as they attempt to challenge their convictions. With its return, Making a Murderer adds a new element to its intrigue: And then 1 turned to 2, turned to 3, turned to 4. Now we have 10 episodes. When Demos and Ricciardi finished filming the first part of the series, they continued recording conversations with Avery, sensing there would be more story to tell.
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Part 2 follows them in their process. Illinois-based lawyer Kathleen Zellner, who specializes in wrongful conviction cases.
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She is attempting to get his conviction vacated in state court. Their methodology, their philosophy, their strategy was very different. And we thought that would make for rich storytelling, to compare and contrast how they were each working their respective cases. Production on Part 2 was different.