Nov. 30 – Charles Manson: The Final Words will premiere on the REELZ channel, Sunday at 9pm ET. The new documentary, narrated by musician/director Rob Zombie, features exclusive phone interviews with Manson, recorded over the course of the last year. As well as new interviews with Bobby Beausoleil, Catherine Gillies, Steven Kay, Gary Fleischman, George Stimson, Brian Davis, Daniel Simone, Sharmagne Leland-St. John, Michael Channels, Grey Wolf, Phil Kaufman and Rich Pfeiffer.
The Final Words is not your typical Manson documentary. It is not just a departure from the familiar Helter Skelter narrative. At times throughout the presentation, it seems as though the Helter Skelter narrative, not Charles Manson, is on trial. The film successfully exposes weaknesses in the state’s case and highlights theories that traditionally get overlooked by similar productions.
It’s one of the more interesting and unique productions to come out in recent years. It’s not exactly objective. It omits strengths in the state’s case and overlooks weaknesses in the alternative theories. It’s tough on Stephen Kay and soft of Bobby Beausoleil. But nonetheless, a documentary like this has been long overdue and will interest both the casual observer, as well as people deeply invested in the case.
Directed by Buddy Day and produced by Pyramid Productions, Charles Manson: The Final Words was recently awarded the 2017 Audience Award Documentary Feature at the Red Rock Film Festival and Best Dramatic Documentary at Atlanta Docufest 2017 and is an Official Selection at CUFF.Docs 2017, the Calgary Underground Film Festival.