HBO Documentary Films has acquired US rights to vet Nick Broomfield’s chilling true crime document “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” out of Toronto. Broomfield has directed “Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer,” “Kurt & Courtney” and “Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam,” to name a few.
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper” is his fifth doc for HBO. It will air on HBO in 2015. Here’s the synopsis:
When Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested in South Central Los Angeles in 2010 as the suspected murderer of a string of young black women, police hailed it as the culmination of 20 years of investigations. Four years later, documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield visited the alleged killer’s neighborhood to find out if the police had earned their self-given kudos. There, he finds a world of people who suspected for decades that there might be some connection between their odd neighbor and the dozens of women who had gone missing from the street. Franklin’s friends and neighbors offer chilling testimony, asking why it took so long for the authorities to pay attention.
In a place where the residents have good reason not to trust the LAPD, few were willing to talk to them – but what would the police have done if they had? Aided by Pam, a charismatic former prostitute and crack addict who knows the streets and the people walking them, Broomfield reveals the journey of a serial killer, giving voice to his victims as he builds a powerful assemblage of testimony conveying a grave injustice that extends well beyond this case.
The film was produced by Marc Hoeferlin in association with British Sky Broadcasting, who are handling international sales. Celia Taylor is the executive producer. Indiewire’s Eric Kohn calls it “a powerful, gripping endeavor, mainly because the anger and frustration of Broomfield’s subjects is wisely placed front and center.”