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Netflix Orders Central Park Five Miniseries from Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay is bringing the case of the Central Park Five to the small screen. Recently, Netflix announced they've ordered a new limited series from the Queen Sugar executive producer.The five-part drama will chronicle the true story of five Harlem teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping a woman in Central Park in 1989. Each episode will "focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem -- Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise."Read More…
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Ava DuVernay & Netflix announce Central Park Five series

Tony Sokol Jul 7, 2017

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
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Ava DuVernay, Netflix line up Central Park Five limited series

Ava DuVernay, Netflix line up Central Park Five limited series
Drama centres on wrongful conviction true story.

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
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Ava DuVernay returns to Netflix with limited series

Ava DuVernay returns to Netflix with limited series
DuVernay’s drama centres on the story of The Central Park Five.

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
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Ava DuVernay Adapting Story of Central Park Five for Netflix Miniseries

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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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Ava DuVernay Teaming With Netflix on Central Park Five Series

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Ava DuVernay Teaming With Netflix on Central Park Five Series
Ava DuVernay is teaming with Netflix on a limited series about the Central Park Five. Each installment of the narrative, five-episode series 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 spans from the spring of 1989, when they were first questioned about the incident, to their 2014 exoneration. “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...
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Ava DuVernay Bringing Central Park Five Limited Series to Netflix

Ava DuVernay is continuing her relationship with Netflix, bringing a limited series about the Central Park Five case to the streaming giant, Variety has learned.

Netflix has greenlit the five-part scripted series for a 2019 debut. DuVernay created the project and will write and direct all five installments.

Participant Media, Tribeca Productions and Harpo Films are behind the limited series with Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh serving as executive producers alongside DuVernay. The project is the latest collaboration for Winfrey and DuVernay who worked together on the Oscar-winning “Selma” and Own’s “Queen Sugar.” For DuVernay, the project marks a return to Netflix for the filmmaker who wrote and directed the platform’s 2016 documentary “13th.”

“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
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Ken Burns: Central Park Five $40 Mil Settlement Brings ‘Closure’

Ken Burns: Central Park Five $40 Mil Settlement Brings ‘Closure’
Ken Burns, co-director of the PBS documentary pic “The Central Park Five,” said a potential $40 million settlement in the case of the five men who were wrongfully imprisoned for beating and raping a female jogger will bring “closure” to a painful chapter in New York legal history.

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
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Report: The 'Central Park 5' and New York City Reach $40 Million Settlement Ending Lengthy Civil Suit

It was in November 2013 when then Mayor-elect of New York City Bill de Blasio, succeeding Michael Bloomberg, announced that he planned to settle the $250 million Central Park Five lawsuit against the city, which was filed over a decade ago. This evening, 7 months later, The New York Times is reporting that the city and the Central Park Five (Kharey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana Jr) – who were wrongly convicted of the rape of a jogger in 1989 – have reached a $40 million settlement, not the $250 million the Five originally sued the city for. Although the deal still needs to be sealed by a federal judge and the city...
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Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Series Announces Winter 2014 Lineup

Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Series Announces Winter 2014 Lineup
NYC's Stranger Than Fiction documentary series has announced their winter 2014 lineup, with a thematic focus of music documentaries. The season begins January 28 with a sneak preview of "Finding the Funk," Nelson George's film about the past, present, and future of funk. As always, Stranger Than Fiction screenings take place Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. at the IFC Center, with every session followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. This year's series will combine classic docs such as D.A. Pennebaker's landmark "Monterey Pop" with previews of new documentaries. The one exception to the music focus of the series is "The Central Park Five," which will screen on January 30 with a Q&A with two of the film's subjects, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise. Another highlight is a screening of "A Great Day in Harlem," whose Oscar-nominated director Jean Bach died last May. It will be the first
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The Central Park Five | Blu-ray Review

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.

As an exhaustive investigation into the failings of New
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Devastating and painful ‘The Central Park Five’ is a vital lesson about American justice

The Central Park Five

Directed by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns

Written by Sarah Burns, David McMahon, and Ken Burns

USA, 2012

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.
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Interview: Co-Directors Sarah Burns, David McMahon of ‘The Central Park Five’

Chicago – It was Sarah Burns, the daughter of legendary documentarian Ken Burns, that brought the passion for her first project with her famous father, along with husband and co-director David McMahon. “The Central Park Five” also features Raymond Santana, one of “five” who were wrongly accused in the famous New York City trial. They were all here in October at the Chicago International Film Festival.

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,
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Film Review: Miscarriage of Justice Befalls ‘The Central Park Five’

Chicago – It takes a provocative subject to capture the attention of famous documentarian Ken Burns. There are few things more provocative than the story of “The Central Park Five.” Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns and son-in-law David McMahon were co-directors for this exploration of justice denied.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

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
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Interview: Ken Burns on Justice for ‘The Central Park Five’

Chicago – Mention “documentary,” in word association, and the next response is often “Ken Burns.” Burns brought a new voice to the documentary, and re-engineered the art form so much, that his technique is the “Ken Burns Effect.” His latest feature film, “The Central Park Five,” was co-directed by his daughter Sarah Burns and his son-in-law David McMahon.

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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Central Park Five, The | Review - AFI Fest 2012

In 1989, one Latino and four black teenagers -- Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise -- from Harlem were accused (and then convicted) of raping a white woman in Central Park. After spending six to 13 years in prison, a serial rapist confessed to committing the crime, eventually leading to the overturning of their convictions. We are all quite familiar with Ken Burns' tried and true documentary technique of panning and scanning archival photos teamed with voiceover narration. It is a filmmaking approach that often seems overly dry and scholarly in this confrontational age of docu-tainment directors such as Michael Moore and Errol Morris. Burns' approach to The Central Park Five, however, is much different. Working with co-directors Sarah Burns (Ken Burns' daughter) and David McMahon (Sarah Burns' husband), Ken Burns relies upon contemporary talking-head interviews with the previously convicted men, as well as journalists,
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The Central Park Five Movie Review

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The Central Park Five Movie Review
Title: The Central Park Five Directors: Sara Burns, David McMahon and Ken Burns Starring: Antron McCray (Voice Over Interviews Only), Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam The main concern of many Americans today is the recession that has lasted over four years and the sense of hopelessness and fear of not being able to get a job. This sense of an economic crisis also split people into the groups of the extremely poor and the excessively rich in New York City in the 1980s, combining the fiscal problem with the rise of STDs, drugs, violence and racial tension that were exasperated the police brutality against minorities in  [ Read More ]

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The Central Park Five | Review

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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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The Central Park Five Movie Review

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The Central Park Five Movie Review
Title: The Central Park Five Director: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon The Central Park Five is a 118 minute documentary that examines a racially intense case, with provocative doses of police corruption, back in 1989 New York City. Five teenagers (4 minors, 1 adult – 16 years-old) are suspected of beating and raping a female jogger in Central Park. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Yusef Salaam, and Raymond Santana were detained by NYC detectives, as they all admitted to being in the park around the time of incident. As they give present day testimonials on what happened 23 years ago (the shady investigation, trial, and eventual imprisonment), experts [ Read More ]

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Title: The Central Park Five Director: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon The Central Park Five is a 118 minute documentary that examines a racially intense case, with provocative doses of police corruption, back in 1989 New York City. Five teenagers (4 minors, 1 adult – 16 years-old) are suspected of beating and raping a female jogger in Central Park. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Yusef Salaam, and Raymond Santana were detained by NYC detectives, as they all admitted to being in the park around the time of incident. As they give present day testimonials on what happened 23 years ago (the shady investigation, trial, and eventual imprisonment), experts [ Read More ]

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