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Sundance Selects Picks Up USA Theatrical Rights To 'The Central Park Five'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 6, 2012 at 5:23PM

The upcoming new film from documentary master Ken Burns, titled, The Central Park Five, which Burns co-directed with his daughter Sarah Burns, and his son-in-law David McMahon, will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and we've got a trailer and poster for the film.
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The Central Park Five

The upcoming new film from documentary master Ken Burns, titled, The Central Park Five, which Burns co-directed with his daughter Sarah Burns, and his son-in-law David McMahon, will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and we've got a trailer and poster for the film. 

A quick recap...

The documentary, a tale of racial injustice, examines the case of the Central Park rape, in the late 1980s, that triggered strong emotions in New Yorkers, and the sensational media storm across the US that followed.

Five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and convicted for the brutal rape and assault of Tricia Meili, only to be released after the real attacker confessed in 2002.

The film made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where Burns expressed his hopes that the film gets a theatrical release (before heading to PBS) unlike his past documentaries, stating, "We want to release it theatrically because the running time makes it managable and there's something urgent about it."

The documentary is scheduled to be later broadcast on PBS in 2013. A long time to wait for it, so let's hope that sometime before then, it'll get a theatrical relaese (in the USA to start).

Announced this afternoon, Sundance Selects has acquired USA theatrical rights to the documentary. 

Stay tuned for more details on this to follow - specifically expected release dates; although I won't be surprised if it's out by the fall, so that it's award-season eligible.

Check out the film's trailer and new poster below (this is a film I'm really interested to see; Burns' films are always engaging, no matter the subject):

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