In Focus: Into the Abyss
Lecture & Screening
Michael Fox is a film critic and journalist for KQED’s Arts and Culture blog. He is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle and an inductee of SFFILM’s Essential SF. Fox has taught documentary classes in the OLLI programs at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University for some twenty years.
Herzog’s very first film concept centered on a prison. Decades later, he reflects on a triple murder in a small Texas town through interviews with two men convicted of the killings. At the time of the murders, they were teenagers; now in their late twenties, one is on death row and the other is serving a life sentence. Herzog also has intimate, revealing conversations with prison and law officials, and family members of both the victims and the murderers, creating a complex portrait of the costs of death, whether at the hands of an individual or the state.