Rittenmeyer and her Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Every Hill Films associates spent a year culling through more than 2,500 hours of primarily TV news footage to make the documentary.
"This is the case that started TV trial coverage," said Nicole Rittenmeyer, the filmmaker. "It had a Shakespearean quality — this kid from the projects who's fantastically good-looking makes good, and then he's accused of murder. You couldn't script it. It brought up issues of race, money, domestic violence. It was really the start of the 24-hour news cycle."
As one of the most notorious legal events in American history, the murder trial of O. J. Simpson exposed deep national rifts in race, gender and class and helped usher in a new era in media.