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On March 13th, 1964, a woman named Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death outside of her apartment building in Kew Gardens, New York. As reported by the New York Times, 37 neighbors reportedly witnessed the murder and did not intervene. The story became emblematic of the “bystander effect,” a social psychology phenomenon that argues the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help a victim in need.
Though the supposed 37 bystander story has since been disproven, the new film “37” fictionalizes the myth and peeks into the lives of three disparate families, a lonely neighbor, and the doorman who might have witnessed the murder, and examines their decisions not to intervene by understanding their day-to-day struggles. The film stars Samira Wiley (“Orange is the New Black »
- Vikram Murthi
October is upon us. The leaves are changing. Sweaters are becoming more abundant. Awards contenders are popping up in theaters nationwide. But those are far from the only films opening throughout the coming weeks. Below, you’ll find every planned theatrical release for the month of October, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)
Each week, we’ll give you an update with more specific information on where these films are playing. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Stay warm and happy watching!
Week of October 7 Wide
The Birth of a Nation
Director: Nate Parker
Synopsis: Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, “The Birth »
- Steve Greene and Zipporah Smith
"If you show weakness, people will walk all over you." Do you know the story of Kitty Genovese? A trailer has debuted for the film 37, inspired by the true story of the murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964. The title refers to the 37 people who were witnesses to her rape and murder, yet did nothing to stop it. The film is told entirely from the perspectives of her apathetic neighbors in Queens, who chose not to get involved for fear of unintended consequences. The ensemble cast stars Samira Wiley, Michael Potts, Maria Dizzia, Jamie Harrold, Thomas Kopache, Lucy Martin, Adrian Martinez, Sophia Lillis, Marquise Gary and Christina Brucato as Kitty Genovese. This trailer shows promise, even though it seems so depressing. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Puk Grasten's 37, straight from Vimeo (found via Tmb): 37 is a powerful drama and a fictional account of the night Kitty Genovese was murdered in 1964, Kew Gardens, »
- Alex Billington
LevelK has acquired international sales to Puk Grasten’s debut feature “37,” a drama centering around the real-life murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens starring Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Michael Potts (“True Detective”).
“37” will be presented in the Nordic Light section at Goteborg, where Grasten has been selected along with 12 emerging Nordic filmmakers to participate in the Nordic Film Lab.
Aiming to bring up-and-coming talent onto the market, LevelK also acquired Grasten’s sophomore project “War, what if,” which is based on Janne Teller’s bestseller.
Set in March 1964, in Queens’ Kew Gardens neighborhood, “37” sheds light on members of three disparate families who witnessed the brutal murder of 28-year-old Kitty Genovese and did not intervene.
When the news broke that 37 people »
- Elsa Keslassy
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