In 1987, 20-year-old Susan Greenberg was living a horrible life under the control of her abusive older boyfriend. One day, he returned from working outside. When she asked what he was doing with a shovel, he replied, “I was digging your grave.” Then he raped her. She grabbed his gun and shot him six times. Without ‘battered woman syndrome’ as a viable defense in ‘87, her lawyer advised her to plead guilty to avoid the electric chair, and she was sentenced to 25 years to life. Thanks to new laws in California in 2002, after 18 years in prison, Susan finally gets a second chance at a real life. That is where the film begins. “Abused” is an all-access feature documentary that takes viewers along on Susan’s dramatic journey through her retrial. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions, showing the legal system at work on a very personal level, and concludes in a way no one could have expected.
About the Filmmakers
Chuck Braverman is one of the few successful dramatic film directors who also has extensive experience producing and directing documentary films. Chuck has been nominated four times by the Directors Guild of America and won the coveted award in 2001 for “High School Boot Camp.” Also in 2001 Chuck was nominated for an Academy Award® for his documentary “Curtain Call” about the Actors Fund home. In addition Chuck’s directing credits include a feature film and several two hour movies for television with Keanu Reeves, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, and more. Among his many episodic directing credits are “Northern Exposure,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Sledge Hammer,” and “St. Elsewhere.”
In the last couple years Braverman has produced and or directed projects for The Discovery Channel, TLC, Discovery Health, The History Channel, Animal Planet, and A&E. Some of the titles are; “Children of the Court,” “Making Marines,” “Bottom of the Ninth,” “When Planes Go Down,” “Sextuplets,” “Broken Wings,” “Prison Medical(in HD),” “Biography of Oscar®,” “Debutantes,” and more.
Chuck has a degree in Cinema from the University of Southern California where he teaches directing part time.
Marilyn Braverman has had a career as a professional still photographer and has worked as a sound person on many of the Braverman productions. Last year she produced and photographed “A Pug’s Life: The Dogumentary” which has been picked up by many PBS stations. Then she produced and photographed “Homeless In Paradise” for The Discovery Times Channel. Marilyn is working with her husband on a documentary tentatively called “I Remember Me.”