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Infamous Serial Killer Ted Bundy Revived With New Documentary And Feature Film

Ted Bundy, the notorious serial killer who killed at least 28 people in the 1970s, is getting a lot of renewed attention this year.

With the release of “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and the biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” starring Zac Efron, audiences get a glimpse of both his crimes and of those who were close to him.

“Extremely Wicked” first screened at Sundance this year and opened the Phoenix Film Festival last week.

Joe Berlinger is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, best known for his documentaries in the true crime genre. He directed both the documentary and the feature film.

Show producer and independent film critic Kaely Monahan recently talked with Berlinger about approaching Bundy’s story both from a documentary standpoint and a biopic. She started with what drew him to the genre.

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Kaely Monahan joined KJZZ Original Productions as a producer in December 2016.Monahan is a native, and growing up in the East Valley gave her an intimate familiarity with the Valley of the Sun. Eager to experience a new city, she left Phoenix for Tucson to earn her degree in classical studies from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in mythology. Several years later, her focus transitioned from history to history-in-the-making and news. Monahan went on to earn her master’s degree in international journalism from City University of London.In London, Monahan worked with CBS News and The Times covering international news. On her return to Arizona, Monahan was the art and entertainment editor for the East Valley Tribune, before moving into broadcasting, where she worked in commercial radio as an anchor and reporter.Outside of work, Monahan spends her time reading historical novels, exploring new restaurants in the Valley, and watching movies. Her love of film led her to create a movie review podcast and website. Monahan is also the vice president of the Phoenix Critics Circle.