Derek Taylor

[filmmaker]

A North Woods Elegy: Incident at Big Moose Lake I 2011, 16mm/digital, 61:42

A North Woods Elegy: Incident at Big Moose Lake investigates the circumstances surrounding the murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette on July 11, 1906, in the Adirondacks. Covering the ensuing trial and Gillette’s subsequent incarceration and execution, the film explores the fascination America had, and still has, with the case, encompassing issues of class, jurisprudence in America at the turn of the twentieth century, and ethics and sensationalism in news reporting. The Gillette/Brown story has pervaded recent history and has inspired a number of cultural artifacts (movies, plays, novels, and popular music), but the “accurate” story has never truly been portrayed on the screen.