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Co-directed, written and produced by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon. The film is being featured tonight on Colbert Report, so tune in to get a sneak peek of the film! In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of brutally beating and raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. New York Mayor Ed Koch called it the "crime of the century" and it remains to date one of the biggest media stories of our time. The five each spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a shocking confession from a serial rapist and DNA evidence proved their innocence. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE tells the story of how five lives were upended by the rush to judgment by police, a sensationalist media and a devastating miscarriage of justice. Join author and filmmaker Sarah Burns for a sneak preview and discussion of her film The Central Park Five & her book on the same subject. We'll have a short preview of parts of the film & Q&A with Sarah. Trailer:
Director and editor Doug Hannah visits Google Cambridge to talk about his new short film "Good News, Oklahoma!" The movie is "a satire about a well-intentioned liberal who gets fed up with salacious local media and creates her own show dedicated to good news, inadvertently paving a path of destruction that undermines everything she stands for."
Filmmakers at Google hosted director Amma Asante at the Googleplex for a talk to discuss her 2014 Fox Searchlight film, "Belle". This film was inspired by an 18th century painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle and her role in shaping the end of slavery in England. Clennita Justice, Engineering Program Manager of Google Play, is the host. Be sure to check out "Belle" in theaters now!
See the full interview here A new film by Mike Birbiglia from the producers of This American Life (not a documentary!). Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It's also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by "This American Life." The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxi ety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. SLEEPWALK WITH ME features Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under"), Carol Kane ("Taxi"), James Rebhorn ("Meet the Parents"), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway's "Once"), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jesse Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain. Moderated by Brendan Collins Directed by Lee Stimmel
Google LA hosted a screening and panel discussion with members of the cast and the producer of Red Tails. Participating in the discussion were producer Rick McCallum and actors Elijah Kelley, David Oyelowo, and Andre Royo. This talk took place on February 23, 2012 as part of the Filmmakers@Google series.
The Other Country - Brett Leonard stopped by the Google NYC office to discuss his latest frag film concept featuring NYC based band Burlap To Cashmere. The interview was conducted by Juliya Chernetsky a/k/a "Mistress Juliya". She was co-host of Fuse Network's weekly Top 20 Countdown and has been a TV personality for Fuse on shows like Uranium, Slave to the Metal, and Daily Download. She's hosted music festivals like Rock on the Range, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Rockstar Mayhem Tour. Legendary Hollywood director Brett Leonard's films have grossed over $500,000,000. He has masterminded many cutting edge films including cult classic The Lawnmower Man (Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey) and Virtuosity (Denzel Washington, Russel Crowe) to name a few. He was way ahead of the times in the use of groundbreaking computer graphics and the portrayal of a networked data culture. He is known for introducing the world to many new technologies in film including the first virtual reality film, ground breaking computer animation and visual effects, nanotechnology, and more. Brett was one of the first to envision the "YouTube", "Facebook" cyber-world of our new millennium, and continues to develop ground-breaking projects for enabling truly interactive user created media experiences, for both the internet, and location based immersive media venues. Brett's philosophy, born out in all his interactive work, is to empower people to create story, character, and emotion in any new media experience, no matter what the technology being used to create it. His latest is the Pop Fiction Life Frag Film concept. He has chosen New York City based musicians Burlap to Cashmere to be the first band to take on this concept and featured them in his new Frag Film entitled "The Other Country". Burlap to Cashmere has sold over 400,000 records and has toured the US, Canada, Europe, Brazil and even played in Kuwait! In 1998 the band released the critically acclaimed debut album Anybody Out There? After a whirlwind of tours, awards and an ever-growing fan base, they did what no one expected, they disappeared! For more than a decade, a Burlap to Cashmere reunion seemed like wishful thinking. In 2005, tragedy struck when guitarist John Philippidis was beaten and left for dead after a road rage incident near his home in Brooklyn. An extended hospital visit, which included a full month in a coma and radical facial reconstructive surgery, ultimately sparked a band reunion. In 2010 the band headed back into the studio with acclaimed producer Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits) to begin work on new material. His rules were simple: "There would be no nudging and no Auto-Tuning. We're going into this to capture everything that's organic about the band." Their Greek and Mediterranean influences along with their unique take on 21st Century folk-rock music and exceptional harmonies set this band apart from most. ASSOCIATED PRESS The inspired, 11-track effort marks a departure from the band's first album. The grandiose textures that emphasized style over substance have been replaced with a more stripped-down sound and focused lyrics, reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens. Their blend of Mediterranean rhythms and tight knit harmonies helps them stand out among popular folk-rock acts including Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers and Fleet Foxes. Produced by John Clemente