Lightbox, the indie founded by Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man) and producer Jonathan Chinn (LA 92, Fantastic Lies), is producing a new six-part documentary series for Netflix, investigating a series of murders in a remote, California community.


Murder Mountain (6×60’) which will be launched on Netflix on 28 December, is set in Humboldt County, California, a place where marijuana has become the dominant local industry. It’s also a place where dozens of people have gone missing in the last few years – more than any other county in California. 


The series focuses on one person in particular – 29-year-old Garret Rodriguez – who went missing in 2013. His disappearance, and the events surrounding the investigation into his whereabouts expose a wild, lawless place, and forever changes the local community. Murder Mountain also provides viewers with an exclusive look at Humboldt’s marijuana farms, both legal and illegal and the farmers and dealers associated with the industry, and how legalisation of marijuana cultivation and consumption has presented an existential threat to those who have lived happily outside the law for decades. 


“Murder Mountain is a riveting tale about vigilante justice and outlaw culture in a lawless community that resembles America’s Wild West past,” say Jonathan Chinn and Simon Chinn, Executive Producers and co-Founders of Lightbox. “The series pulls back the curtain on a secret world few of us know anything about, with a cast of real-life isolationists, outlaws, vigilantes and other unforgettable characters."


Murder Mountain is a Lightbox production for Netflix. Executive producers are Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn, co-executive producers are Stephen Neely and Matt Testa and it is directed by Joshua Zeman. 

Staff Reporter

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