A Gray State

A Gray State

By Erik Nelson

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2017-11-03
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 32min
  • Director: Erik Nelson
  • Production Company: A&E IndieFilms
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 2.99
From 31 Ratings


In 2010 David Crowley, an Iraq veteran, aspiring filmmaker and charismatic up-and-coming voice in fringe politics, began production on his film Gray State. Set in a dystopian near-future where civil liberties are trampled by an unrestrained federal government, the film's crowd funded trailer was enthusiastically received by the burgeoning online community of libertarians, Tea Party activists and members of the nascent alt-right. In January 2015, Crowley was found dead with his family in their suburban Minnesota home. Their shocking deaths quickly become a cause célèbre for conspiracy theorists who speculate that Crowley was assassinated by a shadowy government concerned about a film and filmmaker that was getting too close to the truth about their aims. Directed by Grizzly Man producer Erik Nelson and Executive Produced by Werner Herzog, A Gray State combs through Crowley's archive of 13,000 photographs, hundreds of hours of home video, and exhaustive behind-the-scenes footage of Crowley's work in progress to reveal what happens when a paranoid view of the government turns inward - blurring the lines of what is real and what people want to believe.




  • Weird

    By Greek Woman
    Boring. Didn’t walk away with anything considering it was a documentary.
  • Multiple Aspects of The New American deal

    By MO_Geekster
    Watched the story unfold like a train wreck in slo-mo.; you can see the cycles grow deeper and deeper as the story progresses. Perhaps the real tragedy is that this same story is likely repeating itself (in some ways) right around the corner from your home on Anystreet USA. Thought provoking, inspiring, haunting and disquieting. A commentary - but also a case study - to many issues: Religion, Marraige, Patriotism, Mental Health, Big-Government; Big-Corporations; with answers for few of them. it makes you think without pushing any single agenda. And as a selfish comment - I wish the fictional movie would've actuall been made.
  • White Guys with Heavy Weapons

    By DryStack
    Yawn. A time-wasting marathon about white guys with guns.
  • No conspiracy here

    By OrangeBarrel45
    A poignant portraiture of a deeply disturbed and troubled, possibly hypomanically driven individual and one clearly haunted by the demons of war and then the pressure to deliver a product that ultimately he likely felt himself incapable of producing. His wife also likely was plagued with her own hidden and undiagnosed psychopathology, as you will see. But let’s be clear: There was no assassination by The Powers That Be. The protagonist’s movie was he was making was a totally crackpot whack job affair and invariably destined for the dustbin of NetFlix after it flopped in the theater. I watched this movie solely because Werner Herzog was involved in the production. You can usually count on the goods being delivered when he’s involved.
  • Meh

    By Tessi01
    A bit long for the story involved. It could have been summed up within an hour. Good story though.