Crowley was in the midst of directing and producing Gray State, his first $30 million movie, when he, his wife and their young daughter were found dead last weekend. Police are calling it a murder-suicide, according to a report from the Hennepin County medical examiner's office, though the investigation is still ongoing.
Many people are saying the deaths sound suspicious, given the controversial premise of Crowley's feature, which was garnering some serious interest online. The trailer for the movie has more than 1.4 million views on YouTube.
Los Angeles producer Jason Allen told the Star Tribune he didn't think Crowley was capable of killing himself or his family. "David had this consistency and this very steady way about him. In many ways it felt very contradictory to the actions of a murder-suicide. I truly saw an optimism to it."
According to the official synopsis, the fiction film explores a near-future world reeling "with the turmoil of war, geological disaster and economic collapse, while Americans continue to submerge themselves in illusions of safety and immunity. While rights are sold for security, the federal government, swollen with power, begins a systematic takeover of liberty in order to bring about a New World Order."
The film brands itself as "battlefield USA."
Could it be closer to the truth than any of us would like to admit?
While some are questioning the family's deaths, others aren't entirely shocked by Crowley's apparent break. A neighbor, Collin Prochnow, said he had noticed the filmmaker acting strangely over the past year. Crowley was an army veteran, and Prochnow reported that Crowley had begun wearing his fatigues again, despite ending his active duty.
Crowley had also expressed trouble with his film. In an e-mail, he noted the project was "now almost completely abandoned," according to Twin Cities, and that he was "exhausted from carrying and managing this burden for so many years."
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