The Sundance Film Festival, which is one of the leading independent film festivals in the world, showcases new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The Sundance Audience Award big winner this year was true story drama by Matt Ruskin “Crown Heights.” Starring Lakeith Stanfield of “Short Term 12” and “Atlanta,” the Sundance winner tells the true story of the wrongful conviction of 18-year-old Colin Warner. Former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (perhaps best known as Kerry Washington’s husband) playing King Warner’s best friend. This award granted by the audience members at the festival and has become one of the most important one.
“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.”
Warner was eventually exonerated, after spending 21 years in prison, through the work of Carl King, an acquaintance turned friend.
After a positive showing Amazon Studios is partnering with IFC Films to release “Crown Heights” in select theaters August 25. Watch the ‘Crown Heights’ trailer above