The Team Heads to Los Angeles

by Daniel A. Nelson

Hey, everyone. It's been a busy month so thanks for sticking with us. We just wrapped up our most recent shoot in Los Angeles to interview Louis Pilato.

Associate Producer Julian Lim behind the camera before we begin our interview with Louis Pilato.

Associate Producer Julian Lim behind the camera before we begin our interview with Louis Pilato.

Louis is a lawyer in Los Angeles, but in 1992, he was Kim's defense attorney in Rochester, NY. This was the first time Louis had ever talked about Kim's case on the record since the trial. As we conduct these interviews, it's amazing what people remember almost 30 years later. Louis was sharp in his recollection about many of the key elements of Kim's trial.

Director Daniel A. Nelson interviewing Louis Pilato about his experience defending Kim.

Director Daniel A. Nelson interviewing Louis Pilato about his experience defending Kim.

The most important element we discussed was "justification." Kim was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter. It was also the jury's responsibility to acknowledge whether or not Kim's actions were justified when she defended herself against her abuser. It was Louis' feeling that Judge Patricia Marks did not adequately convey that to the jury.

With Los Angeles done, we're finally wrapping up production and entering our post production phase. We're really excited to finally sit down with all the footage and start editing everything together. Stay tuned!

-Dan

Our Production Trip to Puerto Rico

by Daniel A. Nelson

What a weekend it has been. We took red-eye flights back and forth from New York City to Ponce, Puerto Rico this weekend to conduct our most anticipated interview to date.

Former Rochester Assistant District Attorney Angela Reyes sits down with the crew and talks about Kim's trial. Reyes was the prosecutor of Kim's case in 1992. (photo by Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul)

Former Rochester Assistant District Attorney Angela Reyes sits down with the crew and talks about Kim's trial. Reyes was the prosecutor of Kim's case in 1992. (photo by Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul)

Angela Reyes was the assistant district attorney in Rochester, New York in 1992 and the prosecutor during Kim's trial. The conversation was spirited at times, but to tell Kim's story, it's important to understand how we have conversations about domestic violence from a legal perspective.

After we unpacked every corner of Kim's trial, we talked about the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act and how she feels about the bill.

Angela Reyes and Director Daniel A. Nelson go back and forth about Kim's trial and the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act. (photo by Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul)

Angela Reyes and Director Daniel A. Nelson go back and forth about Kim's trial and the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act. (photo by Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul)

We look forward to sharing this interview. It was a critical piece of our documentary and it feels good to finally have it on camera. We also took out the drone for a few shots of the area. Whether they make it into the final cut remains to be seen, but here are a few for your viewing pleasure.

Look out for another update this week when we travel with Kim to Albany for the state legislative session. We'll be speaking with New York state senators about the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act and what needs to be done for this bill to pass. Until then, thank you all for your support and keep spreading the word about our campaign!

-Dan