Above is the trailer for the new Ken Burns documentary, which surprisingly isn’t a mini-series nor made for PBS. It’s a two-hour feature titled The Central Park Five, and today it was announced as one of the nonfiction films screening at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. In fact, the festival is the one posting the trailer.
Burns, who just celebrated a birthday on Sunday, previously stated that he’s seeking a theatrical release for the doc. I guess it’s not enough that he’s the greatest documentarian for television. And judging by the new trailer, he could possibly be looking at an Oscar to go along with all those Emmys he’s won. Or, at least his first nomination in 25 years.
The Central Park Five is a doc about an infamous rape case in NYC in 1989, for which five teenagers were wrongfully imprisoned for many years. It looks like another crime film in the vein of the Paradise Lost films, parts of Into the Abyss and numerous others, even though it’s not a murder case. The film is based on a book by Burns’ daughter, Sarah, who co-directs along with producer David McMahon (Baseball).
I won’t be making it up to Toronto this year, but hopefully this will end up in theaters before landing on PBS sometime next year. Really looking forward to it, either way.