The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

Institute History

  • 2015 Sundance Film Festival


Robert Durst, scion of one of New York’s billionaire real estate families, has been accused of three murders but never convicted. Brilliant, reclusive, and the subject of relentless media scrutiny, he’s never spoken publicly—until now. During interviews with Andrew Jarecki, he reveals secrets of the case that baffled authorities for 30 years.

In 2010, Jarecki made the narrative film All Good Things based on the infamous story of Robert Durst. After Durst saw the film, he contacted Jarecki wanting to tell his story. What began as a feature documentary ultimately became a six-part series as more and more of his incredible story was revealed.

The Sundance Film Festival is thrilled to present the first chapter of what is sure to be one of the most talked-about television events of 2015 (premiering on HBO in February) followed by a conversation with Jarecki, who will talk about his unique ability to unbind truth. From Capturing the Friedmans through Catfish, and now The Jinx, Jarecki has shown an amazing knack for discovering crucial stories that might have otherwise never been revealed. He will also discuss emerging opportunities for the long form documentary series. —T.G.

Followed by a conversation with Andrew Jarecki, who will talk about his unique ability to unbind truth as well as emerging opportunities for the long-form documentary series.

— T.G.

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