CROPSEY – Retroview by Jennifer Merin

‘Cropsey’ is an urban legend that haunted Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman while they were growing up in Staten Island, NY. In this 2009 documentary, the filmmakers return to their childhood environs to investigate the myth about the elusive boogeyman, wacko and supposed satanist who allegedly lived in the abandoned ruins of the notorious Willowbrook Mental Institution, which he used as a base for abducting and killing local children. Ultimately, the discovery of the body of a missing girl proved the legend to be true.

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THE LONLIEST WHALE: THE SEARCH FOR 52 – Review by Carol Cling

Captain Ahab had Moby Dick. Documentarian Josh Zeman has 52, the elusive cetacean who inspires The Loneliest Whale. Subtitled The Search for 52, Zeman’s documentary traces his — and the wider world’s — fascination with a creature who seems to speak to all the lonely people. (If not his fellow whales.)

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