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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 Reunites With Netflix to Write and Direct Central Park Five Limited Series

Ava DuVernay and Netflix are teaming up once again. The duo earned an Oscar nomination last year for the acclaimed documentary “13th,” and now the director is set to write and direct a five-part miniseries for the streaming giant based on the historic case of The Central Park Five. Netflix is targeting a 2019 release date.

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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
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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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NYC Urged To Settle Central Park Jogger Case

NYC Urged To Settle Central Park Jogger Case
New York — New York is a safer, less fearful place than it was in 1990, when murders hit an all-time high, race relations were raw and the city felt under siege from drug dealers and gangs on "wilding" sprees. But one major piece of unfinished business from back then still hangs over the city and its legal system: the Central Park jogger case.

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
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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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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

Burns Dissects Why Pride & Prejudice Put Innocent Youths Behind Bars

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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The Chosen One for Nov. 23, 2012: The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five (Sundance Selects) Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon Starring Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Ed Koch, David Dinkins Rating: 9/10 We're going to do something a little different this week, because while we could very well write a glowing review of this fascinating doc that I first saw on my very last day of this year's Toronto International Film Festival , and was absolutely blown away by it, I don't think it could do as much justice to the movie as speaking to the filmmakers. On April 19, 1989, a woman's body was found in Central Park after been raped and beaten brutally, although she was still alive. Around the same time, police had brought in a number of teenagers who had been involved...
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Interview: Ken Burns on 'The Central Park Five' and the thriving state of documentary filmmaking

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Interview: Ken Burns on 'The Central Park Five' and the thriving state of documentary filmmaking
Legendary documentarian Ken Burns wants to make sure the spotlight isn't too focused on him this time around. The fact is, the story of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr. and Kharey Wise -- the "Central Park Five," as they have come to be known -- had galvanized his daughter, Sarah, while she was in college. It was her passion, through school studies and a published book that spawned the film in the first place. The two serve as co-directors on the new film "The Central Park Five" along with Sarah's husband, David McMahon. But the story of...
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AFI Fest 2012: Ken Burns Conversation With Wamg On The Central Park Five

On Saturday night, Wamg attended the screening of Ken Burns. The Central Park Five. This has to be one of the most riveting and devastatingly shocking documentaries to come along in a while.

The Central Park Five tells the story of five black teenagers who were arrested in 1989 for the brutal beating and rape of a woman jogger in New York.s Central Park. What followed was one of the worst miscarriages of justice anyone could ever imagine. Starting with the New York City cops who interrogated the boys (who were minors, mind you) without parents or lawyers present, to the media, who created a mob-mentality screaming with bloodlust, with their tabloid headlines and made up term .wilding wolf pack. to whip the public into a frenzy of demands for the death penalty.

And all the while these poor kids (Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise
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The Central Park Five (2012): Ken Burns, Antron McCray, Kharey Wise

The Central Park Five Trailer. Ken Burns, Davd McMahon, Sarah BurnsThe Central Park Five (2012) movie trailer stars Antron McCray, Kharey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Yusef Salaam. The Central Park Five‘s plot synopsis: “In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman [...]

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Tiff Movie Review - The Central Park Five (2012)

The Central Park Five, 2012.

Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon.

Starring Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Ed Koch, Jim Dwyer, and Calvin O. Butts III.

Synopsis:

When a twenty-eight year old female jogger is physically assaulted and raped in New York City's Central Park, five juvenile black males are convicted of the crime under questionable circumstances.

One cannot help but feel a sense of outrage whenever innocent people are convicted as no amount of money can restore the years they spent behind bars. It is tale of being at the wrong place at the wrong time which is made worse by the belief that lying is the best way to get out of trouble.

On April 19, 1989, twenty-five youths entered Central Park in New York City and proceeded to assault strangers; while these violent attacks were taking a place, Trisha Meili went jogging
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