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Finished “Making A Murderer” and want more? Watch Errol Morris’ “The Thin Blue Line” today.

Everyone is talking about the Netflix series “Making A Murderer,” and if you haven’t seen it yet stop right here and come back once you’ve watched. If you’re like me, you’ll get obsessed, frustrated, angry and motivated.

If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know about the series, here’s a summary from IMDB:

Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America’s heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.

People are comparing the show to “Serial” season 1, and like that podcast “Making A Murderer” leaves a lot of questions at the end.

If you love this kind of complicated mystery, you need to watch “The Thin Blue Line” by Errol Morris. It’s on Netflix now.

Errol Morris, from a March 2015 interview at Grantland. Click for the interview.
Errol Morris, from a March 2015 interview at Grantland. Click for the interview.

Morris is a resident of Cambridge, MA, and the creator of a number of important documentary films. He is also a former Private Investigator, and uses those skills to dig deep into the topics of his pursues. His first undertaking, “Gates of Heaven” has been written about at this blog already, and led to Werner Herzog eating his own shoe.

“The Thin Blue Line” is the story of a convicted murderer named Randall Dale Adams. Morris unpacks the case against Adams, coming at the circumstances and evidence of the 1976 murder conviction. Like “Serial” and “Making A Murderer,” the case is a complicated web full of lies, deceit and ulterior motives. Unlike those two series, the ending is much more satisfying.

After “The Thin Blue Line,” Morris made a number of important films. These include “Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred Leuchter,” “The Fog of War,” “Fast, Cheap and Out of Control,” “The Unknown Known” and several others. He created the TV series “First Person” and even invented a special kind of interview setup that allowed his subjects to speak directly to the camera and a blunt and personal way. This technique is known as The Interrotron. He also recently published a book re-investigating the famous 1970 “Fatal Vision” murders. (Click here to watch the 1984 tv mini-series “Fatal Vision”)

So go over to Netflix and watch “The Thin Blue Line,” then come back and check out this making-of documentary. Whether you want to be a documentary filmmaker or not, this is the best out there and he has a lot of great insights.