The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winning drama, “Crown Heights” from writer/director Matt Ruskin tells the true story of Colin Warner who was wrongfully convicted of murder, and how his best friend Carl King devoted his life to proving Colin’s innocence.
This film is one to watch and learn about the injustice to this young man as he spent over 20 years in prison for a crime he did not do. The devotion from his friend to help get him out at all costs, including his family for a time, is extraordinary and successful, ultimately.
Some of the scenes are very hard to watch, but it is something we must view to know the reality of this man’s life.
The feature film stars Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Nestor Carbonell, Amari Cheatom, among others. All the cast members performances are very solid and I hope to see more of their acting in the near future.
In the spring of 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin’s childhood friend Carl ‘KC’ King devotes his life to fighting for Colin’s freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system. This incredible true story is based on the acclaimed This American Life piece and adapted by writer/director Matt Ruskin, with Lakeith Stanfield playing Colin Warner and Nnamdi Asomugha as Carl King.
Produced by: Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Galazka, Matt Ruskin
Run time: 99 minutes
Opens on September 8th in Austin at Regal Arbor 8.
Source: IFC Films and Amazon Studios