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‘American Animals’ Director Helps Separate Truth From Fiction

Filmmaker Bart Layton discusses his new doc-fiction hybrid.

June 1, 2018

KCTS 9 sits down with Writer/Director Bart Layton (2012’s The Imposter) to talk about his ambitious new film, American Animals (in theaters June 1, 2018).   American Animals tells the stranger-than-fiction story of four college students who attempt to pull off one of the most audacious heists in history — the theft of rare and precious books from the special collection at Transylvania University in Kentucky, worth $5 million. In an audacious film that is half doc, half narrative, and wholly original, Layton intercuts the film’s narrative with interviews featuring the real-life students who orchestrated the heist.