Ana DuVernay follows up 13th with a hard look at the Central Park Five, for Netflix...
The Central Park jogger case divided New York City at the end of the 80s. A group of young men attacked, raped and sodomized a complete stranger, Trisha Meili, leaving her in a coma for 12 days. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, were convicted.
Because of the press, it became embedded in the minds of New Yorkers, and beyond. Donald Trump put out $85,000 full-page ads calling for New York to reinstate the death penalty. Almost to this day, the president states with conviction that those Five Harlem teenagers are guilty. But the Central Park Five didn’t do it: their confessions were coerced, and they spent years locked up for a crime they didn't do.
Now, filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, and the upcoming A Wrinkle In Time
Ava DuVernay is returning to the streaming service with a five-episode limited series based on the notorious true story of The Central Park Five.
Each episode will focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise – who were wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in New York’s Central Park.
The series will span the spring of 1989, when each was first questioned about the incident, to 2014, when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.
DuVernay will write and direct the series. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey through Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions will serve as executive producers alongside DuVernay.
This marks DuVernay’s second project for Netflix following this year’s Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. DuVernay is also
Ava DuVernay is returning to the premium streaming service with a five-episode limited series based on the notorious true story of The Central Park Five case.
Each episode will focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem - Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise - wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park.
The series will span from the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.
DuVernay will write and direct the series. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey through Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions will executive produce the series alongside DuVernay.
This marks DuVernay’s second project for Netflix following the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. DuVernay also has
Ava DuVernay is re-teaming with Netflix. Her first collaboration with the streaming giant led to Oscar-nominated doc “13th,” an investigation of the connection between slavery and mass-incarceration in the U.S. Her next project will see her tackling another story involving racism and the criminal justice system. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s signed on to write and direct a five-part miniseries about the Central Park Five, a group of five young black men who were wrongfully convicted of raping jogger Trisha Meili in Central Park in 1989.
“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on ‘13th’ and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there,” said DuVernay. “The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the President of the United States.”
“Donald Trump was one of the most vocal during the Central Park Five witch hunt,” THR contextualizes. “He spent a reported $85,000 on full-page ads in the city’s major daily newspapers that called for New York to reinstate the death penalty. Even though evidence has since vindicated the five young men, Trump has referred to them guilty as recently as 2016.”
Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise — the so-called “Central Park Five” — were finally freed in 2014 after spending more than two decades behind bars for a crime they didn’t commit. DNA evidence ultimately proved that they weren’t the perpetrators.
“This is one of the most talked-about cases of our time and Ava’s passionate vision and masterful direction will bring the human stories behind the headlines to life in this series,” commented Netflix’s Cindy Holland. “After powerfully reframing the public conversation about criminality and injustice in ‘13th,’ Ava now turns a new lens to a case that exposes deep flaws in our criminal justice system.”
Ken Burns directed a critically acclaimed doc about the case in 2012.
Spanning from 1989 to 2014, the new miniseries “will offer a breakdown of how the criminal justice system handled each phase of the infamous case, each part focusing on one of the five Harlem teenagers,” THR details.
The project’s producers include DuVernay, frequent collaborator Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal of Tribeca Productions.
The second season of DuVernay’s Own family drama “Queen Sugar” debuted a few weeks ago. As was the case with the debut season, every episode will be directed by a woman.
The “Selma” director recently made The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful People in Entertainment List. When asked who she’d want to switch jobs with in Hollywood for a day, DuVernay said, “[Netflix’s] Ted Sarandos. I’d like to know how it feels to be the industry’s biggest disruptor and have those deep pockets too. I’d make it a shopping day.”
DuVernay’s herstory-making next feature, “A Wrinkle in Time,” is set to bow March 9, 2018.
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The Central Park Five was the name given to five young black men — Antron McCray, Korey Wis, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam — who were wrongly convicted of raping 28-year-old Trisha Meili. The attack left the woman in a coma for 12 days. The five men weren’t proven innocent until 2014, when DNA evidence proved they were not responsible for the attack. The case was the subject of a 2012 Ken Burns documentary of the same name.
“I had an
The men and New York City’s Law Department reached a confidential deal this week, according to the New York Times.
Burns said financial restitution will provide some “measure of justice” to the five black and Hispanic plaintiffs who served between seven and thirteen years in prison before being exonerated. Burns and his daughter, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon produced the 2012 PBS docu that shed light on how the legal process went awry for the five men.
“Their story has come to symbolize the immense challenges we continue to confront when it comes to race in this country, but it is also the
As an exhaustive investigation into the failings of New
Five black and Hispanic boys were convicted that year in the rape and grisly beating of a white woman jogging in the park, and they went on to serve six to 13 years in prison before their convictions were thrown out in 2002 because of evidence linking someone else to the crime.
They sued police and prosecutors for $250 million. But the lawsuit has languished for a decade with no resolution in sight.
Now, a growing chorus of lawmakers is asking New York City to settle with the five men. And
Directed by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns
Written by Sarah Burns, David McMahon, and Ken Burns
From a very early age, we’re taught that when you do something wrong, you’ll get punished. Maybe you hit your sibling and you get grounded, or you cheat on a test and get detention in school. Once we leave the education system, the punishment for our crimes becomes more serious, depending on the severity of whatever we’ve done. But the idea remains: someone who does something bad has to be punished. In this respect, the modern criminal justice system has no gray area. We’re so fiercely committed to the notion that a suspected burglar or murderer or rapist has to be the real criminal, the true perpetrator of a heinous act, and that they deserve the harshest punishment possible, that we ignore the gray area.
The documentary is about a severe miscarriage of justice. In New York City on April 19th, 1989, a female jogger was sexually assaulted in Central Park. Five men of color – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam – merely boys at the time, were in proximity of the incident and arrested for the crime. Despite no evidence that they committed the assault, confessions were coerced and used against them at a hastily assembled and highly publicized trial. When the inevitable guilty verdict was rendered,
“The Central Park Five” is the true story of five teenage boys in New York City, circa 1989. They are fooling around late at night in Central Park on April 19th of that year, and find themselves arrested for the sexual assault of a female jogger within the park. The film breaks down the case, the prosecution of the boys and their unjust incarceration afterward. The process of the teenagers’ trials in the documentary has larger themes of race, media exploitation and authoritarian fear mongering, and the three writer/co-directors break down the case to expose the sheer injustice of the prosecution, and how
The film is about a severe miscarriage of justice. In New York City in 1989, a female jogger was sexually assaulted in Central Park. Five men of color – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam – merely boys at the time, were in proximity of the incident and arrested for the crime. Despite no evidence that they committed the assault, confessions were coerced and used against them at a hastily assembled and highly publicized trial. When the inevitable guilty verdict was rendered, the boys were unjustly incarcerated during a crucial period in their lives.
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After years of acclaimed documentary mini-series, Ken Burns returns to the feature film with his daughter Sarah Burns and fellow colleague David McMahon, who produced a number of Burns’ past projects, joining him as co-directors on their riveting doc, The Central Park Five. After spending unwarranted years behind bars, the young men – Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Antron McCray – once thought to have brutally beaten and raped an innocent jogger in Central Park during the spring of 1989 were finally vindicated in 2002 after an imprisoned man came forward to confess his crimes. Major media coverage of when the five wrongfully convicted men paled in comparison to their initial slandering trial coverage, but with this film and Sara Burns’ extensively researched book from which the film was germinated, those involved hope to spread the word of their innocence.
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