April 25May 2, 2018
April 25May 2, 2018


independent film festival boston

IFFBoston Screening Series

Somerville Theatre
  • Admission is FREE
  • Passes are required. Download and print your pass. (Adobe Acrobat┬áis required to open and print the pass.)
  • Please arrive early. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is NOT guaranteed. Theatre is not responsible for seating over capacity.

On April 10, 1980, a shot rang out on the streets of Crown Heights, igniting a decades-long quest for justice in this harrowing true story. Colin Warner, played with heartbreaking sincerity by Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta, GET OUT), is arrested and tried for a crime he did not commit, a victim of a deeply broken system that refuses to listen. Quick to throw him away, the court wrongfully convicts him. But as Colin loses hope to reclaim an innocence that has been cast aside, his best friend, Carl King, devotes his life to restoring Colin’s freedom, doggedly pursuing every lead for years.

Writer/director Matt Ruskin, who worked closely to earn the trust of the real Colin Warner, imbues this film with a gifted touch and emotional authenticity to shed light on a painful personal story—and on a horrifying systemic issue. Anchored by Stanfield, an indie film secret weapon, CROWN HEIGHTS unfolds as a powerful ode to those we leave behind.

—Sundance Film Festival guide

Directed by:
Matt Ruskin

Lakeith Stanfield
Nnamdi Asomugha
Natalie Paul
Bill Camp
Nestor Carbonell
Amari Cheatom

Tuesday, August 227:30Somerville Theatre55 Davis Square

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