The People vs. Betty Gooch (2011, 57 min) David Gray
(SNEAK PREVIEW! )
The true crimes and punishment of Betty Gooch, alleged grandmother con-artist of the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. An in-depth look at confidence crime, collective guilt, and the role of the media in the dispensation of justice.
In 2004, an elderly grandmother is arrested in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and Betty Gooch becomes an instant tabloid media sensation. But who is Betty Gooch? Just another little old lady struggling with ill-heath and low income? Or an unhinged criminal sociopath using rubber checks to scam car dealerships?
With exclusive access to Ms. Gooch, this provocative documentary examines the old-boy connections among her "victims," investigates an outrageous ethical failing of her lead attorney, and looks beyond conventional notions of right and wrong to suggest that judgment itself comes with its own moral risks.
Interview subjects include Ms. Gooch (filmed while incarcerated at the Cook County jail), her car dealer victims, the police, her lawyers, and her daughter (and possible co-conspirator). A missed court date, a politically driven prosecution, and a media circus add up to a three year prison sentence, and, ultimately, a tragic and unsettling end.
Never Say Die (2003, 53 min) Katie McQuerrey and David Gray
5 years in the life of the world's greatest Black Sabbath tribute band, Never Say Die has its first NY screening since 2004. Tom, Joe, Danny, and Scott play Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne, Tonny Iommi and Geezer Butler with heart, soul, and consequence. When a dream to go on tour overseas comes true (albeit to Puerto Rico), newfound success forces the members of the band to finally face their interpersonal demons. Also featuring appearances by Black Dog and Ozmosis. "An engaging non-fiction account of the longest gigging, hardest working Black Sabbath cover band in...let's just say the history of the world." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
April 11, 8 pm
THE THING at White Slab Palace (back room)
77 Delancey Street (corner of Allen)
New York, NY