19 items from 2017
Crown Heights, 2017.
Directed by Matt Ruskin.
The true life story of Colin Warner, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 2nd degree murder in 1980, and the decades-long court battles his life-long friend Carl King staged to get him exonerated.
As sad as it is, real world dramas of wrongful conviction are fairly commonplace in cinema. There’s even an entire genre that’s been carved out for courtroom stories alone, so it’s somewhat difficult, straight off the bat, to stand out from the ever-multiplying crowd, no matter how moving or political, or equally baffling your source material is. And sadly, despite much buzz, Crown Heights lands right slap bang in the middle; neither exceptional, nor bad. An entirely entertaining and involving drama, but one that lacks any real sense of staying power.
Easily its firmest selling though is its central performance. »
- Ben Robins
Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have today announced the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, which takes place between June 1st and June 4th at Picturehouse Central.
The festival will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah:
Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.
Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, »
- Gary Collinson
The full programme for this year’s Sundance London film festival has been announced. Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced today the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, taking place 1-4 June at Picturehouse Central.
The festival will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected for London by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. As previously announced, the festival will open with the International premiere of Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, and it will close four days later with the UK premiere of David Lowery’s critically acclaimed A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
Continuing the focus of the four previous London editions on presenting new work by emerging and established independent filmmakers, the 2017 festival will also include a short film programme with 15 shorts, »
- Paul Heath
I tell ya I’m just loving the internet today. Any time we’re blessed with anything creative involving the works of Stephen King is a good day in my book. Speaking of Mr. King, do you by any chance remember those really weird and creepy TV commercials from back in the day from the Stephen King Library collection? If not, don’t worry I provided you a link to one. The thing is that even if you never read one Stephen King book, often times his novel covers were really hard to forget. And since those commercials tended to air pretty often
- Nat Berman
This article originally appeared on Time.com.
Neil Gorsuch had a tense exchange with a Democratic senator over his college dissertation and views on maternity leave on Tuesday.
During his Senate confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court seat, the Colorado judge appeared frustrated when pressed by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin on the views of his dissertation advisor.
The Illinois senator noted that Oxford law professor John Finnis once wrote that European countries were facing “cultural decay” from “reverse colonization” caused by immigration, comparing the comment to a recent controversial tweet by Iowa Rep. Steve King.
“I’m not here to »
- Tessa Berenson
When Matt Ruskin was location scouting for his film “Crown Heights,” he would tell the true story of Colin Warner and Carl King. People would say they knew the story, and that they lived right down the block from them. “Different guy, same story,” Ruskin would tell them. Warner was wrongly arrested for a murder he had nothing to do with, and King was a friend who devoted his life to proving Warner’s innocence. Sadly, the actors feel this true story still rings too true today. “You just keep seeing it over and over again. Unfortunately, it’s still timely, »
- Brian Welk
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is coming to a close with tonight’s awards ceremony. While we’ll have our personal favorites coming early this week, the jury and audience have responded with theirs, topped by Macon Blair‘s I don’t feel at home in this world anymore., which will arrive on Netflix in late February, and the documentary Dina. Check out the full list of winners below see our complete coverage here.
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Larry Wilmore to:
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Peter Dinklage to:
I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Macon Blair) — When a depressed woman is burglarized, she »
- Jordan Raup
IndieWire’s Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention.
Nnamdi Asomugha has experience with rabid crowds, armchair critics, and the pressure of performing under an intense national spotlight. He did just wrap up his first opening weekend at Sundance, after all. (Oh, and he also played for 10 years in the National Football League.)
The former cornerback shines in Matt Ruskin’s debut film “Crown Heights,” which follows the true story of Collin Warner and Carl King, two friends bonded by decades of friendship in the face of false imprisonment. Asomugha plays King, a New York City process server who spent the better part of 20 years trying to exonerate Warner (Lakeith Stanfield) after the latter was framed for a murder he didn’t commit.
- Steve Greene
Amazon Studios has purchased the worldwide rights to the drama “Crown Heights,” which premiered Monday in the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition section. The film sold for more than $2 million, Variety reports.
Read More: Amazon Video Direct: Here’s What the Deal Really Means for Sundance Filmmakers
“Crown Heights” tells the true story of Colin Warner (“Short Term 12’s” Keith Stanfield), a Brooklyn man who was sent to prison for a murder he did not commit. For more than 20 years, Warner’s childhood friend Carl King (former NFL quarterback Nnamdi Asomugha) fights for Warner’s freedom.
“Crown Heights” marks Amazon’s fifth Sundance acquisition this year. The company purchased two documentaries — the Grateful Dead film “Long Strange Trip” and the Isis doc “City of Ghosts” — and two dramatic comedies, Michael Showalter’s “The Big Sick” and Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline. »
- Graham Winfrey
27 January 2017 12:13 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Amazon is moving into Crown Heights, acquiring the title after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The streaming service nabbed the film for just over $2 million. The film will receive a theatrical release.
The prison drama stars Lakeith Stanfield as Colin Warner, who is arrested and wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit. While losing hope, his best friend, Carl King, devotes his life to restoring Colin's freedom, doggedly pursuing every lead for years.
Matt Ruskin wrote and directed the film, which also features »
- Ashley Lee
Author: Nathan McVay
Most films are seen as an escape. A chance to explore unknown universes, meet larger than life characters and bend the laws of reality. But some of the most effective and powerful of films are those based solely on truth and real life stories. Crown Heights shook the Sundance Film Festival Monday night by telling the tragic true story of the injustice against Colin Warner.
Warner was wrongly tried and convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to a potential life sentence in prison. Warner maintained his innocence and, mostly due to not admitting to a crime he didn’t commit, was refused parole and spent 21 years of his life wrongly imprisoned.
Lakeith Stanfield plays Warner and brings an immense level of heart and innocence to a man so let down by this world and the system. Stanfield has been doing incredible work since his feature debut »
- Nathan McVay
Crown Heights didn't have a big budget so aging the cast about two decades wouldn't be easy. Or maybe it was. The independent film follows the true story of Colin Warner (Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield), a young man from Trinidad who spent 20 years in prison for a 1980 murder in Brooklyn that he didn't commit. Former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha plays Carl King, Colin's best friend who dedicated his life to proving his innocence. You can't help but notice the eyeglasses that Asomugha wears throughout the movie. "Those were everything," Asomugha, 35, told me at the Sundance Film Festival. "Everybody keeps talking about the glasses, and it was important. And I think »
In case anyone needs a reminder, the fight against unjust policing in black communities long predates the cases that have dominated headlines in recent years, and Matt Ruskin’s film “Crown Heights” shines a spotlight on one particularly egregious injustice that stretched from the dawn of the 1980s all the way to the start of the current millennium. Essentially structured like a reverse “Law & Order” episode — in which we are first walked step-by-step through the legal travails of an innocent man, then see exactly how the crime was committed and investigated — the film sketches an effective, if ultimately somewhat schematic, picture of the legal system’s countless crevasses and sinkholes into which a blameless person can easily be shoved.
- Andrew Barker
Based on an unforgettable episode of “This American Life,” Matt Ruskin’s “Crown Heights” dramatizes a remarkable and enduringly relevant miscarriage of justice and the result is a thin, restless film that’s also a thrilling testament to the power of public radio.
Ruskin’s version begins on April 10, 1980, the fateful spring day when an innocent man’s life all but came to an end. Colin Warner (compellingly embodied by “Short Term 12” star Lakeith Stanfield, whose slender frame is strong enough to shoulder much of the movie) is an 18-year-old Trinidad native living in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. He’s arrested for the murder of a local Jamaican teenager named Mark Hamilton. (In real life, Warner reluctantly volunteered himself to a local precinct after they called him in for questioning. In the film, the heavily accented immigrant is chased down by two aggressive cops who corner him »
- David Ehrlich
Colin Warner spent 20 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. In 1980, police arrested Warner for the killing of a 16-year-old boy in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. His imprisonment, based solely on a mistaken eye witness, robbed him of his freedom from the years of Jimmy Carter all the way to George W. Bush. Warner’s story is the subject of Crown Heights, the second feature film from writer/director Matt Ruskin. The film stars Lakeith Stanfield (Short Term 12) as Warner and Nnamdi Asomugha (Hello, My Name Is Doris) as Carl King, Warner’s best friend who devotes years of his life […] »
- Soheil Rezayazdi
18 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Brooklyn is coming to Park City with the Sundance premiere of Crown Heights.
Crown Heights, based on a 2005 This American Life episode, follows the story of best friends Colin Warner and Carl King, when Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder and King, despite having no investigative or judicial experience, dedicates himself to proving his innocence.
"There was something very altruistic about him. It was like he wanted to free all people from any sort of injustice," said Asomugha of King, whom he spent time with in New York prior to the feature »
- Mia Galuppo
By Todd Garbarini
Stephen King’s 1975 novel Salem’s Lot began life as an unpublished short story (“Jerusalem’s Lot”) while Mr. King was still in college. When he decided to expand it into a novel he posed the question as to what would happen if Count Dracula were to come back in 20th Century America, and his wife Tabitha joked that he would probably get run over by a cab in New York City. It was originally titled Second Coming, however it was changed at the urging of Mrs. King because it sounded like a “bad sex story” (she’s was right, and had a dirty mind to boot!). The 439-page book was then made into an effective TV-movie four years later, premiering in two parts on both November 17 and November 24 on CBS. TV-movies are a completely different animal than theatrical films as they are often shot in a much quicker fashion. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Speaking to TV Guide at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Torpe has revealed that the show won’t be a straight-up adaptation of King’s celebrated horror short, but rather a “reimagining” similar to that of the Fargo series.
“Let’s call it a reimagination,” said Torpe. “Internally, we talk about it as doing the Fargo approach, where the movie and the TV show is the same, but it’s different. It’s like a weird, twisted cousin to the original source material. Fans of the movie and of the book and of Mr. King’s work will certainly see elements from it. … We also, in order to develop it for TV and turn it into an ongoing series, »
- Gary Collinson
The Sundance Film Festival has long been a proving ground for brand new talents and stars-in-the-making looking to catapult their career into the big leagues, and this year’s edition of the lauded fest looks to be no different. From actors to filmmakers, we’ve targeted a batch of up-and-coming talents who are set to make it big at this year’s festival. There may be a familiar face or two among their ranks, but we’re betting that, post-Sundance, they’re going to be just about everywhere from now on.
Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts
Ahead, check out 13 talents we’re excited to see break out at this year’s festival.
- Chris O'Falt, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland, Steve Greene and Zack Sharf
19 items from 2017
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