Frances Ferguson arose out of this Zeitgeist-y series of articles in the NY Post — every week a new teacher was being nabbed for some kind of malfeasance with a student. We noticed the teachers had a certain aspect. I had been working with Kaley Wheless on a short and we decided to convert the project to a reenactment doc and go from Austin, Texas where we lived, to Western Nebraska, a town of 25,000 named North Platte. Kaley was from nearby Boulder, which may have made the decision seem less strange. I knew the story would work a lot better in a place where it felt like everyone knew everybody, and that proved to be true in North Platte.