Film Review: Overlooked Suspect By: Melissa Gonik

Nearly anyone who has grown up in North America at some point in the last 50 years has heard of the O.J. Simpson trial. Everyone knows about the televised white Bronco chase, and how “if the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit”. It has now been 19 and a half years since Simpson was accused of killing his wife and her friend, but people still talk about how O.J. walked free despite a majority of people believing he was guilty. If you would have asked me a few days ago if there was a possibility that O.J. was innocent, I may have laughed. I grew up constantly hearing about his guilt, so any other verdict became impossible. I have now had the pleasure of seeing “Overlooked Suspect”, a documentary that managed to completely alter my perspective on the case.

The film follows William Dear as he compiles evidence for over 16 years on the murders of O.J.’s wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ron Goldman. With video footage and evidence, the Director is able to create an incredibly compelling film that manages to make a 19.5 year old case very relevant again.

The film begins with a montage of news footage from the time of the double murders. The way that it intercuts with each other doesn’t only tell the audience the story of the case, it also manages to convey the sense of urgency that existed, which really puts the audience in the mindset of the time. The film doesn’t shy away from using the gruesome photos of the crime scene to emphasize the devastation the murders caused. Seeing the mangled bodies of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman puts everything in perspective like nothing else could, and I commend the filmmakers for not censoring the images for the film.

What really made the documentary compelling, other than the evidence that was gathered, was the way a mixture of footage, talking heads, and graphics were all used to prove points. Often, documentaries stick to talking heads, having people explaining everything to the camera rather than demonstrating the facts. Here, we even have transcripts from depositions read by voice actors so that the facts can be shown and also remain interesting to watch. The talking heads the film does have are all experts at what they do, which removes the documentary of much of the bias it would have if anyone connected to the Simpson family was interviewed.

The purpose of the documentary was to showcase that O.J. was innocent, and that the real murderer was likely his son, Jason. Over 16 years, William Dear and his team researched anything that might help find truth in the case, and over that time they accumulated evidence that clearly showcased O.J.’s innocence.

One may ask why Dear is so insistent on still pursuing O.J.’s innocence so long after the incident occurred and the accused was acquitted. O.J. was never convicted of the murder, so nobody really lost.
Nobody, other than all the people with Jason Simpson comes in contact with, who have to deal with his violent and erratic behavior. Even if justice is never really served, the filmmakers have put a compelling case into a great documentary, and anyone who has an opportunity to view it again, it is highly recommended. 
 

Overlooked Suspect Premiers at Daring Independent Film Fest

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Toronto, Canada  November 26, 2013 "Overlooked Suspect - What If O.J. Simpson Didn't Do It?"  has been selected for the 6th annual Daring Independent Film Festival-running December 26-29, 2013

This compelling documentary raises important and critical questions and highlights an incredible search for the truth, by one of America's leading and acclaimed private investigators, William C. Dear, along with a team of internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Each of these global experts in their fields has come to the same, independent conclusion.

The documentary includes references to high-level communication between the LAPD and agencies responsible for the original trial, among others, and the lead investigator William Dear, which makes the viewer wonder…Why the Overlooked Suspect was not more vigorously pursued? Was there a cover up?
 
The film's Producers state: "We have distilled over 16 years and 5,000 hours of intense research and investigation into a one-hour, thought-provoking, viewer-friendly documentary that will empower the public to decide what they feel, in conclusion, about the case and whether there was a rush to judgment".

They add: "In the end, you be the Judge".

*Screening at The Measure Theater Dec.26 at 9pm/Opening Night
 
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Originally established in 2007 under the Moving Image Film Festival, the Daring Indy Film Festival is devoted to showcasing the best of independent Canadian and International cinema to film enthusiasts, while highlighting unique up-and-coming talented filmmakers.  www.diffest.com
 

Overlooked Suspect Premiers at Real To Reel Film Festival

Kings Mountain, NC - July 8, 2013 "Overlooked Suspect - What If O.J. Simpson Didn't Do It?"  has been selected for the Real To Reel Film Festival, July 24-27, 2013

This compelling documentary raises important and critical questions and highlights an incredible search for the truth, by one of America's leading and acclaimed private investigators, William C. Dear, along with a team of internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Each of these global experts in their fields has come to the same, independent conclusion. The documentary includes references to high-level communication between the LAPD and agencies responsible for the original trial, among others, and the lead investigator William Dear, which makes the viewer wonder…Why the Overlooked Suspect was not more vigorously pursued? Was there a cover up?

The film's Producers state: "We have distilled over 16 years and 5,000 hours of intense research and investigation into a one-hour, thought-provoking, viewer-friendly documentary that will empower the public to decide what they feel, in conclusion, about the case and whether there was a rush to judgment".  They add: "In the end, you be the Judge".

Website: www.overlookedsuspect.com
Two Minute Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yWXEfpysR0
18 Second Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/overlookedsuspect

The Real to Reel International Film Festival mission is to offer a unique forum for Independent Film, video and multi-media artists from around the world to showcase their talents and expose the works of these artists to the region.

www.realtoreelfest.com

Overlooked Suspect Premiers at Irvine International Film Festival

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Los Angeles, California: December 18, 2012

"Overlooked Suspect - What If O.J. Simpson Didn't Do It?"  has been selected for the 2013 Irvine International Film Festival January 17-21, 2013

This compelling documentary raises important and critical questions and highlights an incredible search for the truth, by one of America's leading and acclaimed private investigators, William C. Dear, along with a team of internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Each of these global experts in their fields has come to the same, independent conclusion.
The documentary includes references to high-level communication between the LAPD and agencies responsible for the original trial, among others, and the lead investigator William Dear, which makes the viewer wonder…Why the Overlooked Suspect was not more vigorously pursued? Was there a cover up?
 
The film's Producers state: "We have distilled over 16 years and 5,000 hours of intense research and investigation into a one-hour, thought-provoking, viewer-friendly documentary that will empower the public to decide what they feel, in conclusion, about the case and whether there was a rush to judgment".  They add: "In the end, you be the Judge".

Website: www.overlookedsuspect.com
Two Minute Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yWXEfpysR0
18 Second Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/overlookedsuspect
 
The Irvine International Film Festival (IIFF) celebrates the power of individual expression and diverse points of views. IIFF is dedicated to showcasing the finest films from around the world

Overlooked Suspect Film LA Premiere, Beverly Hills May 12

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Los Angeles, California: May 1, 2012

 “Overlooked Suspect - What If O.J. Simpson Didn’t Do It?”  has been selected for a special screening by the Jewish Journal, as part of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival www.lajfilmfest.org

This compelling documentary raises important and critical questions and highlights an incredible search for the truth, by one of America’s leading and acclaimed private investigators, William C. Dear, along with a team of internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Each of these global experts in their fields has come to the same, independent conclusion.

The documentary includes references to high-level communication between the LAPD and agencies responsible for the original trial, among others, and the lead investigator William Dear, which makes the viewer wonder…Why the Overlooked Suspect was not more vigorously pursued? Was there a cover up?

The film’s Producers state: “We have distilled over 16 years and 5,000 hours of intense research and investigation into a one-hour, thought-provoking, viewer-friendly documentary that will empower the public to decide what they feel, in conclusion, about the case and whether there was a rush to judgment”. They add: “In the end, you be the Judge”. www.overlookedsuspect.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yWXEfpysR0 (2 min trailer)
http://www.youtube.com/overlookedsuspect (18 sec teaser)

About The Jewish Journal:

Serving a community of 600,000, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles is the largest Jewish weekly outside New York City. Their award-winning paper reaches over 150,000 educated, involved and affluent readers each week. http://www.jewishjournal.com/

About Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival:

The mission of LAJFF is to preserve and celebrate our rich Jewish heritage; to cultivate Jewish values and the quality of Jewish life in our community (not only for the affiliated but unaffiliated); and to create and maintain a sense of community by providing important and exciting programming for individuals, families and organizations.

This is a one-time, exclusive engagement and will include a presentation of the documentary and a meet-and-greet with the reknowned investigator William A.Dear and the Producers of the film, at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

TICKETS: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/245443
Please join us for a ground-breaking evening, based on a search for the truth.
For more information contact:

Howard Barrett
Marketing Initiatives
Tel: 514-271-0800
Email: markinit@bell.net

Overlooked Suspect Film Screens at American Doc Film Festival

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Palm Springs, California: March 15, 2012

 “Overlooked Suspect - What If O.J. Simpson Didn’t Do It?”  has been selected for screening at the inaugural American Documentary Film Festival (“ADFF”)

This compelling documentary raises important and critical questions and highlights an incredible investigation by one of America’s leading and acclaimed private investigators-William C. Dear, along with a team of internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Each of these global experts in their fields has come to the same, independent conclusion.

The documentary includes references to high-level communication between the LAPD and agencies responsible for the original trial, among others, and the lead investigator William Dear, which makes the viewer wonder…Why the Overlooked Suspect was not more vigorously pursued? Was there a cover up?

The film’s Director, David Nerman states: “We have 16 distilled years and over 5,000 hours of intense research and investigation into a one-hour, thought-provoking, viewer-friendly documentary that will empower the public to decide what they feel, in conclusion, about the case and whether there was a rush to judgment”. He adds: “In the end, you be the Judge”. www.overlookedsuspect.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yWXEfpysR0 (2 min trailer)
http://www.youtube.com/overlookedsuspect (18 sec teaser)

About ADFF:
The American Documentary Film Festival aims to be the largest documentary festival and market on the West Coast of the United States, whose main objective is to promote a world vision of film as seen through the eyes of the filmmaker in order to educate and entertain the filmgoer. In addition to the International Film Festival, we are proud to share the American Documentary Film Fund with independent American filmmakers, who will participate and compete for financing of new projects as well as works in progress. “Making a difference, one film at a time”. March 29 - April 5, 2012

Film Screening Details:

10am March 30, 2012 Camelot Theaters, Palm Springs

For more information contact:
Howard Barrett
Marketing Initiatives
Tel: 514-271-0800
Email: markinit@bell.net

“What If OJ Simpson Didn’t Do It” film wins Prize”

Miami, Florida  September 28,2011
               
“Overlooked Suspect-What If O.J. Simpson Didn’t Do It?”  has been awarded  the 2011 “Best Investigative Documentary’ prize  at the 2011 DocMiami International Film Festival.


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The organization is dedicated to promoting the best that documentary film making has to offer worldwide. They provide international film makers a forum which promotes their unique contributions to the evolution of the art form.

In addition, a compelling new book detailing the 16+ year investigation will be launched in April 2012, worldwide- by Skyhorse Publishing, New York.

For more information contact:
Howard Barrett
Marketing Initiatives
Tel: 514-271-0800
Email: markinit@bell.net

Overlooked Suspect at DocMiami International Film Festival

“Overlooked Suspect-What If O.J. Simpson Didn’t Do It?”  has been selected for screening at the 2011 DocMiami International Film Festival, in addition to being named a finalist for the “Best Investigative Documentary” award

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The organization is dedicated to promoting the best that documentary film making has to offer worldwide. They provide international film makers a forum which promotes their unique contributions to the evolution of the art form.

Film Screening Details Visit us in Miami ! 

About the Film:
 
This compelling documentary raises important and critical questions and highlights an incredible investigation by one of America’s leading and acclaimed private investigators-William C. Dear, along with a team of internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Each of these global experts in their fields has come to the same, independent conclusion.
 
The documentary includes references to high-level communication between the LAPD and agencies responsible for the original trial, among others, and the lead investigator William Dear, which makes the viewer wonder…Why the Overlooked Suspect was not more vigorously pursued? Was there a cover up?
 
The film’s Director, David Nerman states: “We have 16 distilled years and over 5,000 hours of intense research and investigation into a one-hour, thought-provoking, viewer -friendly documentary that will empower the public to decide what they feel, in conclusion, about the case and whether there was a rush to judgment”.

Nerman adds: “In the end, you be the Judge”.
 
For more information contact:
Howard Barrett
Marketing Initiatives
Tel: 514-271-0800
Email: markinit@bell.net

PRESS RELEASE: “CRIME OF THE CENTURY”: WHAT IF O.J. DIDN’T DO IT ?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“CRIME OF THE CENTURY”: WHAT IF O.J. DIDN’T DO IT ?


Las Vegas, Nevada-January 10, 2010

NATPE 2010, the leading conference and showcase for the television industry will witness the unveiling of an engaging new documentary, based on a 15-year, 5000 hour detailed investigation into the Nicole Brown Simpson/Ron Goldman murders, revealing an Overlooked Suspect--not O.J. Simpson.

This made-for-television documentary raises compelling and critical questions and highlights an incredible investigation by one of America’s leading and acclaimed private investigators-William C. Dear, along with a team of internationally recognized experts in their respective fields.

In attendance at NATPE 2010 will be the investigator Mr. Dear and actual, never-seen-before evidence.

One of the films’ producers-David Nerman states: “We have distilled years of intense research and investigation into a thought-provoking, viewer-friendly documentary that will empower the public to decide what they feel, in conclusion,about the case”. Nerman adds: “In the end, you be the Judge”.

The Producers and Investigator will be at NATPE, booth 631, from January 25-27.


Contact Info:
Marketing Initiatives
c/o Howard Barrett
markinit@bell.net
(514) 271-0800