First show: July 29
“As gripping as Serial or Making A Murderer”
– Washington Post
“Brilliant” – The New Yorker
“Suspenseful and Surprising” – Los Angeles Times
“A Visualized Serial” – Vice
Fifty years ago, the name “Kitty Genovese” became synonymous with urban apathy after 38 eyewitnesses did nothing while an attacker stabbed her to death on a street in New York City. “For more than half an hour,” The New York Times report began, “38 respectable, law abiding citizens… watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks.” Forty years later, her brother Bill, who was 16 at the time of his sister’s death, decides to re-examine the details of the crime. THE WITNESS is a probing and deeply personal investigation into one of the most iconic crimes in New York history, featuring interviews with those closest to the murder including the surviving witnesses to Kitty’s death. It offers an illuminating look into the way stories take form and their rippling effects on the lives they touch.
Directed by James Solomon, USA, 89 mins
About the director James Solomon:
Eleven years in the making, THE WITNESS is James Solomon’s directorial debut. As a screenwriter, Solomon is drawn to stories we think we know. Most recently, he wrote the feature film “The Conspirator,” directed by Robert Redford. The legal thriller about the Lincoln assassination starred James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, and Tom Wilkinson. Solomon’s original screenplay received the Humanitas Prize. Previously, Solomon was a lead writer and Executive Producer of ESPN’s critically acclaimed eight hour mini-series, “The Bronx is Burning,” starring John Turturro and Oliver Platt, which, like THE WITNESS, is about a seminal moment in New York City history. Solomon began as a writer on several television series including Sidney Lumet’s “100 Centre Street” and the Emmy Award-winning “The Practice.” He graduated from Harvard College and was a directing fellow at the American Film Institute before assisting directors on two Oscar-nominated films: Barry Levinson’s “Avalon” and Arne Glimcher’s “The Mambo Kings.” Prior to working in film and television, he was a journalist based in Asia and Australia. Solomon grew up and lives in New York City.
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