The New York Police Department has subpoenaed film makers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon over outtakes of their new acclaimed documentary The Central Park Five. The legal wrangling is part of a case brought by plaintiffs known as the Central Park Five – five men who were convicted for a crime they didn’t commit. Burns and his fellow film makers are releasing a new documentary based on the story that garnered national attention.
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In 1989 these five teens from Harlem were convicted as teenagers for the rape and brutal beating of a female jogger in Central Park, New York. The police arrested Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana who were at the park earlier in the evening. The boys were told that if they offered to confess to the rape and beating of the jogger, they would be allowed to return home without a lawyer or parents present. Their rehearsed confessions were used to formally charge the five for the rape even though there was no DNA evidence linking them to the crime or a match of the stories. The five maintained their innocence and were exonerated years later only after a convicted rapist who was serving time confessed to the rape in 2002 and whose DNA matched the crime.
In the documentary, Central Park Five, the freed men who are now in their thirties and forties, talk about the confusion, misconstruing of events by police and the ordeals that they and their families faced over a crime they had no part of. Central Park Five has been nominated for Best Documentary by the International Documentary Association and will be released in theaters at the Landmark Nuart Theater on Friday with David McMahon, Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson present for a question and answer segment following the two Friday and Saturday night shows.
GUEST: Sarah Burns, filmmaker and Raymond Santana one of the Central Park Five
Central Park Five opens at the Nuart on Friday November 30th, 2012. The Nuart is located at 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard (just west of the 405 Freeway), West Los Angeles, CA 90025. More info at (310) 473-8530.
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