Alexandre Moors is a native of France who has spent the past decade making short films, commercials and music videos, and he has just issued his feature debut, which centers on a distinctly American event: a sniper spree that terrorized a city. His Blue Caprice (opening today at the Glenwood Arts) is not the slick fantasy he normally creates.
The movie follows John Allen Muhammad and the teenage Lee Boyd Malvo, who killed 10 people in the fall of 2002. Moors' film opened to raves at this year's Sundance Film Festival (and played the Kansas International Film Festival last week). Isaiah Washington's turn as Muhammad and Tequan Richmond's performance as Malvo have earned acclaim for the actors.
The Pitch spoke with Moors by phone on a day between the Navy Yard shootings and the high-speed chase that briefly closed down Washington, D.C. - a time when the Beltway sniper attacks didn't feel very long ago.
The Pitch: You chose to show the world as Lee Malvo might have seen the world instead of recounting the sniper crimes as they played out in the media. Why did you take that approach?
Moors: I thought that was pretty much the only approach that would interest me. I thought that looking at the genesis of violence was the way to go, trying to understand this kind of culture of violence that exists in America, that permeates through all the social tissue and the economics. And how this innocent kid gets corrupted and turned into a murderer. It was one way to try and get an understanding of that.
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