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RadioWest and Utah Film Center have partnered to present the best in documentary filmmaking. We talk with established and new directors who are changing the way audiences see the world and then screen their films.

Through the Lens—Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

In 1990, Pamela Smart was accused of plotting her husband’s murder. The resulting trial was the first fully televised court case. Smart was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but when filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar studied the case decades later, things didn’t add up. He met Smart, and she didn’t resemble the person portrayed in the media. Zagar has made a film about Pamela Smart’s trial that explores how the media machine influences the justice process. He joins us Wednesday to talk about it.

Join us for a free screening of Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart on Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m., at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center [map]. Doug Fabrizio will host a post-film Q&A with director Jeremiah Zagar. It’s part of our Through the Lens series in partnership with Utah Film CenterRSVP to the event via Facebook | DETAILS

Jeremiah Zagar directed Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, which premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.