'Making a Murderer' Takes Top Awards at Creative Arts Emmys

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Film Program alumni Laura Riccardi '08 and Moira Demos '07 took home four awards for their Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer at the 68th Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Sunday night. The series won four awards overall, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.

Additional awards for the series were Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program, and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program. The series had also received additional nominations for sound editing and sound mixing. Their four wins tied for the most awards of the night.

Making a Murderer was an enormous success for the filmmakers and Netflix. It profiles Steven Avery, a man exonerated in 2003 of a 1985 rape conviction but subsequently convicted of murder in 2007, shortly after he had launched a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the county for wrongful imprisonment in the rape case. Avery’s supporters believe that the county police department framed him in both cases, and the 10-part series explores these allegations. Netflix announced on July 19 that it had ordered new episodes of the series, which will follow developments in the case since its 10th episode aired.

Associate Professor and Chair of the Film Program Maureen A. Ryan worked as a Production Advisor to the series.

Since its premiere, Making a Murderer has received critical acclaim, including rave reviews from The Atlantic and The New York Times. It also won Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming at the 32nd Television Critics Association Awards.

Ricciardi and Demos will be discussing filmmaking and narrative technique at Miller Theatre on Friday, September 30th at 6:30pm. Registration for the event is now open.

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