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Mesmerizing and provocative, CON MAN explores the remarkable life of James Arthur Hogue, a brilliant imposter who embraced the American art of self-invention, fabricated a spectacular series of fictional identities for himself, and successfully conned his way into Princeton University. CON MAN begins with Hogue s shocking arrest on the Princeton campus--where he d earned a scholarship and a place on the track team--and then traces his life backwards to Palo Alto, where he pulled a similar scam at a suburban high school, and finally, to the humble streets of Kansas City, where he grew up. Filmmaker Jesse Moss--a high school classmate--interviews the impostor s close friends, college roommate, prison cellmate, and ultimately Hogue himself, who speaks on camera for the first time ever about his crimes. Moss also gained access to previously sealed police records, including Hogue s fradulent Princeton application and an audio recording of Hogue s police interrogation. CON MAN is an intimate and disturbing profile of an elusive impostor who dared to outrun his past in pursuit of his own dark version of the American dream. DVD Features: Deleted Scenes; Original James Hogue Police Interview; Trailer; Photo Gallery; Interactive Menus; Scene SelectionSystem Requirements:Run Time: 93 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE


Studio New Video Group
SKU 202808603
UPC 767685981436
UPC 14 00767685981436
Format DVD
Release Date 9/26/2006
Name Moss,Jesse
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Frank G. DeMarco - Cinematographer
Jack Livesey - Original Music By
James Hogue - Featuring
Jesse Moss - Director
Jesse Moss - Producer
Youna Kwak, et. al. - Editor
Review Moss's Con Man attempts to track the false and confusing life of this man, a chronic and elaborate liar by the name of James Hogue. While Hogue's exploits -- and motives -- become more intriguing with time, Moss's efforts to chronicle them can leave a curious audience generally unsatisfied...Unfortunately, Moss doesn't train the focus on Hogue long enough, just teasing viewers with a bit of the power that could have been. The final result is a documentary somewhere between Dateline NBC and Frontline, with Jesse Moss's talents definitely leaning toward the latter.
Reviewer Norm Schrager
ReviewRating 6
Product Attributes
Actor Moss,Jesse
Label New Video Group
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Julie J. Hong, The Tech (MIT) ...a fascinating account of the life of James Hogue...
Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper Intriguing...a fascinating subject...

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