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Girl In The Picture Director Skye Borgman Reveals Secret to Choosing Hit True-Crime Stories

Girl within the Picture director and producer Skye Borgman says the key to discovering a great true-crime story is to comply with your gut.

The veteran true-crime documentarian is behind a number of hit documentaries and docuseries, the most recent of which is Netflix’s Girl within the Picture, which rapidly rocketed to the Top 10 when it was launched on July 6. She’s additionally behind Hulu’s Dead Asleep, Netflix’s Abducted in Plain Sight, the JoAnn Romain episode of Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries reboot, and one other upcoming Netflix docuseries known as I Just Killed My Dad.

Borgman was interviewed on a current episode of the Factual America podcast, the place she revealed how she chooses which tales to inform. You can hear to the complete episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or right right here:

“It’s picking a story that really resonates with me. I definitely enjoy stories that I don’t completely understand, that have a lot of layers to them. That have a lot of complexity, and it takes me a minute to kind of at least attempt to figure out how or why something happened,” she informed Factual America.

“I can’t always figure out exactly how or why something happened, but I like stories that I’m not completely certain of how things evolve. And I think, too, I’m mostly interested in telling human stories, and I think those are just – crime gives us the full spectrum of humanity from the very, very best to the very, very worst of people. And so, I think really sort of unraveling the human condition and what drives us to do the different things we do; how we come back from certain tragedies or traumas, that’s really interesting to me.”

It’s all about discovering tales that take “unexpected” twists and turns,” she provides.

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“Just looking at stories where there may not be, you know, a very sort of typical trajectory of how things happen. Things that sort of take little detours, and people who do things that are unexpected, and interesting people. Those are the stories that interest me, and those are the ones that really compel me. We spend a lot of years on stories, you know; for me, now, we’re going on almost three years that I’ve been with Girl in the Picture. And so, you have to be connected to it, personally. And you have to have that guide to kind of tell these stories.”

Girl within the Picture tells the tragic story of a lady who died at simply 20-year-old. She glided by many names, considered one of them being Sharon Marshall. For 25 years, her true identification — and what occurred to her younger son, Michael — was a thriller. The solely one that knew the answer was Franklin Delano Floyd, a person who claimed to be her father. The thriller of Sharon’s true identification was lastly solved in the previous couple of years, and Borgman captures the complete, completely compelling saga in Girl within the Picture.

“Girl in the Picture is about a young woman who lived many different lives, had many different identities. And we sort of follow her journey that really begins with her death and unravel who she was throughout time; unravel the people that she met along the way – some better, some worse – and kind of look at relationship between her and who she believes is her father,” Borgman mentioned. “We come to find out that’s not necessarily the case, but he certainly is the man that raised her from a very young age. It’s a crime documentary, but it’s very much a documentary that looks at who this woman was: who Sharon Marshall was, who the people that she impacted and the world that she left behind, and the impact that she made in a very short period of time. I mean, she was 20 years old when she died, and so it’s really victim-forward and really kind of a beautiful, hopefully, tribute to this young woman and to victims everywhere.”

Girl within the Picture is now streaming on Netflix. Here are the time stamps from the Factual America interview:

00:00 – The trailer for Girl within the Picture.
03:30 – A synopsis of what the movie is about.
04:55 – What impressed Skye Borgman to make a movie about Sharon Marshall.
07:00 – What triggered law enforcement to examine Sharon’s case.
09:07 – How Franklin Delano Floyd bought away with crime for therefore lengthy.
13:58 – How Skye Borgman grew to become concerned within the project.
15:24 – The enhance of podcasts that complement documentary movies.
17:30 – What makes a profitable documentary.
23:55 – What shocked Skye Borgman probably the most when making Girl within the Picture.
25:44 – Why they selected to use characteristic documentary format to inform the story.
27:40 – The subsequent project Skye Borgman is engaged on.

Factual Americaa makes use of documentary filmmaking to study the American experience in addition to common matters that have an effect on all Americans. Guests embrace Academy Award, Emmy, and Grammy-winning filmmakers and producers, their topics, in addition to consultants on the American experience. We focus on true crime, music, burning social and political matters, historical past and humanities with the creators of the most recent and upcoming documentary movies in theatres and on the most well-liked digital platforms. This podcast is produced by Alamo Pictures, a London- and Austin-based manufacturing company that makes documentaries in regards to the US from a European perspective for worldwide audiences.

Main Image: Still from Girl In the Picture courtesy of Factual America

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