2020 Sundance Docs in Focus: LOVE FRAUD

LOVE FRAUD | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Alex Takats

LOVE FRAUD
Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing investigate a notorious serial fraudster through the women he’s seduced, robbed, and abandoned.

Festival Section:
Special Events

Sundance Program Description:

For the last twenty years, Richard Scott Smith’s wooing of women has followed a consistent path: romance, commitment, identity theft, fraud. Preying on unsuspecting women who yearned for connection and passion, Smith would lure them in with charm and promises before ultimately robbing them of both their money and their dignity – and then vanishing. As the women left in his wake find out about each other and discover strength in their growing numbers, they seek to bring the justice he continues to evade – aided by a chain-smoking, no-nonsense bounty hunter named Carla.

Crafting a story of redemption that tracks embattled victims as they become their own heroes, co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady present each woman’s pain as unique even though their stories may be similar. They deftly navigate intimate moments of recollection, the rage of powerlessness, and the singular focus of action. Hell has no fury like a woman scorned, and these women are ready to burn.

Some Background:

Directors/Executive Producers:

  • Rachel Grady
    Past Sundance docs:

    NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU (2016)
    DETROPIA (2012)
    ME @THE ZOO_ (2012, executive producer)
    12TH & DELAWARE (2010)

    Grady is an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated director and partners with Heidi Ewing in Brooklyn-based production company Loki Films.

  • Heidi Ewing
    Past Sundance docs:

    NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU
    DETROPIA
    12TH & DELAWARE

    Ewing shares the same accolades as her Loki Films partner Grady. She also makes her solo fiction directorial debut at Sundance this year with I CARRY YOU WITH ME, in the NEXT section.

Producer:

  • Alex Takats
    Past Sundance docs:

    NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU

    Takats also serves as the film’s cinematographer. He previously associate produced Grady/Ewing’s ONE OF US.

Executive Producers:

Editor:

  • JD Marlow
    Past Sundance docs:

    NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU

    Marlow also was one of the editors of ONE OF US.

Why You Should Watch:
Featuring unforgettable subjects, an elusive, despicable villain, and perfectly paced storytelling, Grady and Ewing have crafted an addictive, binge-worthy series about women uniting to find justice. The docuseries will premiere as one of this year’s Day One screenings. Those who don’t catch it in Park City will be able to view the series on Showtime beginning on May 8.

More Info:
For Sundance screening dates and times, click the film title in the first paragraph.

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