Eye of the Storm
Award-winning film maker S. Kramer Herzog’s Eye of the Storm takes a harshly authentic view of the media and the related circus that it can inspire. This documentary was filmed during the hours leading up to the 2005 execution of Crips gang founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams at San Quentin State Prison in California, just north of San Francisco.
During this fracas memorialized on film, anti-execution demonstrators worked to shut down a live, on-air Fox News broadcast. When the news team tried to re-establish its position, the demonstrators grew louder, claiming that Fox was
interfering with their freedom of speech. The conflict quickly grew from a verbal shouting match to that of physical shoving and hitting.
Herzog went into the film with no opinion about the death penalty. His perspective has since changed, now in favor of sentences of life in prison vs. death row executions in California.
Eye of the Storm has received many film achievement awards.