Saturday, February 22, 2014

Another Look at Ted Bundy's Infamous Jailhouse Interview

Among the short films screening Sunday February 23rd in Kalamazoo, MI as part of the 11th Annual Teen Film Festival is the latest entry from talented young artist Kyle Misak.

Misak won a Technical Merit award at the same event a few years ago for his drama The Mission. This time, he's back with the provocatively titled and very provocatively premised Interview with a Serial Killer.

Here's the synopsis:

Based on a real interview with Ted Bundy, a psychologist interrogates a serial killer and asks him about the violent crimes he committed, what it's like to be on death row and if he believes that he deserves the ultimate punishment in an attempt to have the killer confront himself and see his crimes for what they really are.

Since Misak is a young man of faith, it won't be surprising if this particular touching on a very famous interview explores some of the more "spiritual" elements of the conversation. In the January 1989 interview with Dr. James Dobson, Bundy talked at one point about how a critical early strand began for him:

"As a young boy of 12 or 13, I encountered, outside the home, in the local grocery and drug stores, softcore pornography. Young boys explore the sideways and byways of their neighborhoods, and in our neighborhood, people would dump the garbage. From time to time, we would come across books of a harder nature - more graphic. This also included detective magazines, etc., and I want to emphasize this." 
"The most damaging kind of pornography - and I’m talking from hard, real, personal experience - is that which involves violence and sexual violence. The wedding of those two forces - as I know only too well - brings about behavior that is too terrible to describe."

Last summer, Misak successfully raised a small sum on Kickstarter for feature film 2101. It's about three teenagers who find a device containing information about the future.


[Photo courtesy: Valley Family Church/Epic Commission]

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