Interview with the director of “Murder on Middle Beach”, Madison Hamburg
Years before she was murdered, Madison Hamburg mother Barbara hamburg gave her a gift that would shape her life forever. “My parents told me they got a divorce on Christmas Eve when I was 11 and on Christmas Day they bought me a Handycam,” Hamburg told Gold Derby during our Meet the Experts panel: Television Documentary (watch the exclusive video interview above). From that point on, Madison would use the film as a coping mechanism when things got tough in her life. “I kind of like to get lost and film the world around me. It was kind of an escape back then, but it helped me develop a language to communicate a lot of things that I can’t articulate properly.
“Murder on Middle Beach,” which currently airs on HBO Max, features Madison recounting how her mother was murdered in her hometown of Connecticut in 2010. The crime has yet to be solved and Madison is not only showing the documentary looking for answers as to who may have committed the crime, but also to find out things about his mother he never knew. Among the secrets unveiled in the film are her father’s mysterious financial relationships, strong animosity between family members, and aspects of Barbara’s life including alcoholism, recovery, and involvement in a program. multi-level marketing.
The show features a lot of tension as Madison asks sensitive questions of her family members, but none have had more tension than Madison’s talks with her father Jeffrey as he continually dodged questions regarding Barbara’s murder. . The scenes with Madison speaking to Jeffrey are secretly filmed and recorded and by the end of the documentary, Jeffrey is not happy that he was secretly filmed. “The last time I spoke to my dad was on the show camera and he didn’t take my call.” While her father has been evasive, Madison says he still wants a relationship with him. “There are a lot of unanswered questions and I’m ready to talk about them and reestablish a relationship with him when he’s ready to answer them. The ball is sort of in his court.
When Madison started exploring the idea of making a documentary about her mother’s murder, he wanted to make sure it was an identity story and not a real regular crime story. “The real kind of crime is really difficult because there is often the urge to fetishize how brutal a crime was or how notorious the killer was, and in that really weird and competitive nature that families are in. lose and victims become lost. ” During the year-long project launch, Madison came to an emotional moment as to who this documentary is for. “This is not a story for people who like true stories of crime or murder. It’s a story for anyone who has a mother.
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