Knee Deep

The true story of attempted murder in a small town in Maine.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
November 6, 2008
90 minutes

Mike Chandler

Michael Chandler is an award-winning filmmaker of both documentary and feature films. He recently directed Fooling with Nature, a Frontline documentary on the adverse impact of man-made chemicals, and is presently producing a Frontline program on college testing and affirmative action. He wrote and edited the Academy Award-nominated documentary Freedom on My Mind, Show more as part of the PBS American Experience series. He also wrote and edited the Academy Award-nominated Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter’s Journey and the Emmy Award-winning Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven. Chandler has also edited feature films, including Amadeus, Mishima, and Never Cry Wolf. Show less

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The Film

Rashomon" meets Fargo in Knee Deep, a bittersweet, true crime story of Josh Osborne, a sheltered Maine farm boy who attempts to save the family farm and the only life he knows by plotting to kill his mother. Proving that truth is often stranger than fiction, the film is a satiric study of rural American values wrapped in an attempted murder mystery.