Meet an Emmy Nominee: 'The Keepers' Executive Producer Jess Hargrave and Director Ryan White

"We're really pleased with what 'The Keepers' journey was in those seven episodes," says White of the Netflix true-crime docuseries.

While projects like The Jinx, Serial and Making a Murderer were propelling true crime into the mainstream, childhood best friends Jess Hargrave and Ryan White were in the midst of filming their own true-crime documentary, Emmy-nominated The Keepers.

"There really was no predecessor yet of telling these true-crime stories in an episodic format," White explains of the Netflix series.

Stopping by The Hollywood Reporter's offices to talk about their documentary on the murder of nun Sister Cathy Cesnik, White reveals that his aunt went to Archbishop Keough High School, where Sister Cesnik taught and his aunt was her student. "As you see in the series, our main character is this woman who has always been a mystery figure under the name Jane Doe. My mom and aunt found out a few years ago that their friend was in fact Jane Doe."

After working on The Keepers for three years, Hargrave and White are excited to have the series be recognized by the Academy. "By nature, our jobs are so unpredictable," White says. "You don't know what you have until you're deep into it."

Watch the full interview in the video above.

 

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