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Keith Stanfield in Trailer for Wrongful Conviction Film 'Crown Heights'

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July 17, 2017
Source: YouTube

Crown Heights Trailer

"The whole neighborhood know you grabbed the wrong guy…" Amazon + IFC have debuted the official trailer for the indie drama Crown Heights, telling the story of a horrific wrongful conviction in New York in the 1980s. The immensely talented Lakeith Stanfield plays Colin Warner, a boy from Brooklyn who is taken into custody after a teenager is shot in the street. The police pressure a kid to testify as a witness and before he can do anything, Colin is thrown in prison with a life sentence. His friend dedicates his life to learning how to become an attorney in order to one day, eventually, free him. And it took over two decades. The film received a huge standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, where it went on to win the main Audience Award. Featuring Nnamdi Asomugha, Nestor Carbonell, Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Amari Cheatom. I highly recommend seeing this film, even if it makes you upset, it's worth it for this true story.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Matt Ruskin's Crown Heights, direct from YouTube:

Crown Heights Poster

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. Crown Heights is written & directed by filmmaker Matt Ruskin, of the films Booster and The Hip Hop Project previously. It's adapted from the acclaimed "This American Life" segment about Warner. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Amazon + IFC Films will open Crown Heights in select theaters starting on August 25th. Interested?

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  • Bo
    Well, I don't know how 'immensely' talented this actor is as I've never heard of him. The subject matter is certainly potent and important to pay attention to. However, I'm not too sure by both viewing this trailer and from the 52 score it rated on metacritic that the film was competent in executing it's serious themes. One might do well to give the excellent documentary film The 13th a viewing and pass on this. Although, I can't imagine how horrible it would be being put in prison and impossible to take if one is not guilty of the crime they were accused of. Yet, it happens in America much too often to both black and white guys. Still, the subtle and dark racism revealed in The 13th is one all citizens need to become aware of. Evil like that, hidden behind a curtain of pretense, must be confronted and brought into the light.
    • Just because you haven't heard of him doesn't mean he's not immensely talented. He has been in MANY great films - Short Term 12, Selma, Dope, Miles Ahead, Snowden, Straight Outta Compton, and Get Out (plus he's also in The Incredible Jessica James coming up this summer). Maybe you missed him, but he's fantastic.
      • Bo
        Point taken, but it matters to me in that I've seen several of those movies you mentioned and he didn't register at all and I don't even remember him in them. So.... I get it that you think he's immensely talented and that's cool. That also doesn't mean that he is to others. Just saying. I'll say this, at least you've piqued my interest enough in him that I'll be paying attention to him probably in the future...so that's a good thing. Cheers.
        • DAVIDPD
          For these up-and-coming types, it might be easier to say, "I'll vouch for this gal's/guy's acting prowess." Annoying to clarify, maybe, but at least it will calm "Pedantic Pete's".
          • Bo
            Pedantic Pete's...lol...I like that, David. Thanks for the reply. Me thinks that might have been part of my initial reaction. Cheers.
        • Sure. But talent is fairly objective to measure. He is talented, no question about that. You can say you don't like him, you don't like his performance or how he acts, or this performance in this film wasn't as good as his others, or his performance is far from what he's capable of, but he is objectively immensely talented as an actor.
          • Bo
            Okay, okay...lol...I concede, Alex...I get it that you really like this guy. Cool with me. I could argue the 'objectively' thing as I think it's very, very subjective... but what's the point? I'm glad you really like him. I'll keep an eye out for him for sure now. It's definitely good for him as a young actor to have someone with a popular site such as yours singing his praises and I like that. Cheers.
  • DAVIDPD
    The acting looks great. The more I watch and rewatch certain performances the more I respect an actor who can pull off serious yelling.
  • shiboleth
    Too many ugly stories like that in this world. It looks engaging, but I don't know if I can help the matter if I do or don't watch it. I mean, it looks ok and I think films like this should be made, but I have seen a lot of stories about injustice and that didn't make world to stop them. So, maybe, sometimes in the future I stumble on it ...
  • This has my attention.
  • JohnDoeB
    Damn, so Nmandi Asomugha an actor now, huh? Film looks good tho.

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