Filmmaker (and occasional Salon contributor) Erik Nelson’s absorbing documentary “A Gray State,” is an intriguing psychological thriller and cautionary tale.
A young, budding filmmaker named David Crowley, his wife Komel and their daughter Rani, were found dead in their Apple Valley, MN home. Crowley was working on an independent film called “Gray State” which features the eerie log line, “By consent or conquest.” He self-funded the trailer, and clips from the ambitious project — which is set in a dystopian world where a government shutdown was eminent — illustrate Crowley’s potential as a filmmaker. And, yet, the development of the project also illustrates its creator’s spiraling anti-government paranoia.
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