Crown Heights

USA | 2017 | 96 minutes | Matt Ruskin

Lakeith Stanfield  (Short Term 12, "Atlanta") stars in the incredible true-life story of Colin Warner, a Brooklyn man wrongfully convicted of murder, and his best friend Carl King (Nnamdi Asomugha), who fights tirelessly for Warner's freedom for over 20 years. Adapted from "This American Life."

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Adapted from an episode of "This American Life," this true story of Colin Warner, who was wrongfully convicted of murder, packs a punch. Matt Ruskins' sophomore feature follows Warner, played with heartbreaking sincerity by Lakeith Stanfield ("Atlanta," Short Term 12), from the moment before he's accused of murder through the 21 years he serves in prison for a crime he didn't commit. When Warner refused to cut a plea deal that would require him to admit guilt, best friend, Carl King, impressively played by Nnamdi Asomugha (former Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl cornerback and the film's co-producer), commits his life to proving his friend's innocence. As Warner's hopes wane, King's devotion holds strong even as he risks his own family and finances for the cause. Writer-director Matt Ruskin worked closely to earn the trust of the real Colin Warner, and it shows in the film; its emotional authenticity shedding light on a painful, personal story, and a horrifying systemic problem. Anchored by Stanfield and Asomugha's powerful performances, Crown Heights unfolds a story of hope, endurance, and judicial error.

Director Biography

Matt Ruskin has a long history as a producer, working on projects such as City of Dead Men (2014) and The Infiltrator (2016). He also wrote, produced, and directed the 2012 film Booster. Crown Heights is his second feature film as director and writer.

Sponsored by Amazon Studios, Ingeniux, KING 5

  • Director: Matt Ruskin
  • Principal Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Nestor Carbonell, Amari Cheatom
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Producer: Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Galazka, Matt Ruskin
  • Screenplay: Matt Ruskin
  • Cinematographers: Ben Kutchins
  • Editors: Paul Greenhouse
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2017 (Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic)
  • Filmography: Booster (2012)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: IFC
  • International Sales: CAA