Apr 1, 2020
Brian Knappenberger is a
documentary filmmaker. His film Church and the Fourth
Estate, about a sexual
abuse scandal in Idaho that rocked the Boy Scouts of America and
the Mormon Church, premiered at Sundance this year and. Joining
Brian on this interview is the subject of the film, Adam Steed.
Adam was one of the first sexual abuse survivors to report the
abuse to the Boy Scouts and the Mormon Church, only to be rebuked.
Brian’s most recent documentary, The Trials of Gabriel
Fernandez, is now
streaming on Netflix.
What you will learn:
- How Brian met Adam Steed, the
subject of Church and the Fourth Estate, through his investigation
of a notorious Idaho billionaire.
- How Adam’s report of sexual
abuse by a scout leader to church officials was swept under the
- How Brian was able to pull
together all of the elements of the documentary while navigating a
minefield of potential lawsuits and intimidation tactics utilized
by institutions attempting to bury the truth.
- How Brian’s exposure to
photography as a child helped him become a
- How his career as a journalist
segued into a career as a documentary filmmaker.
- Why it’s important to follow
your vision of the film you want to make before you bring in
- How big budget films can
corrupt a director’s intended focus of a
- How streaming services like
Netflix have opened up creative opportunities for documentary
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