PODCAST| Nicolò Comotti interviews Matt Ruskin, director of the film Crown Heights.
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Matt Ruskin sits down with us at the ZFF lounge to tell us about the making of Crown Heights, his latest film based on the true story of Colin Warner, an innocent man who was able to survive 21 years of wrongful incarceration, and still fights for everyone’s justice.
Crown Heights: On April 10, 1980, a shot echoed out across the streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Although 18-year-old Colin was nowhere near the crime scene, he was arrested on the basis of supposed eyewitness accounts. Later he was convicted of murder. Neither his affirmations of innocence nor the solid reasoning of his defendant convinced the jury otherwise. While Colin is facing life behind bars, his friend Carl King refuses to accept the obvious miscarriage of justice and takes it upon himself to prove Colin’s innocence – regardless of his own happiness. Director Matt Ruskin brings an altogether unbelievable story to the screen: based on true events, Colin Warner, a Trinidadian migrant, was wrongly imprisoned for 21 years.