When Matt Ruskin was location scouting for his film “Crown Heights,” he would tell the true story of Colin Warner and Carl King. People would say they knew the story, and that they lived right down the block from them.
“Different guy, same story,” Ruskin would tell them. Warner was wrongly arrested for a murder he had nothing to do with, and King was a friend who devoted his life to proving Warner’s innocence. Sadly, the actors feel this true story still rings too true today.
“You just keep seeing it over and over again. Unfortunately, it’s still timely,” actor Nnamdi Asomugha told TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly.
“Crown Heights” was one of the more hotly anticipated titles at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a scripted, dramatic feature that treads the ground of equally hard-hitting documentaries.
Lakeith Stanfield, who plays Warner in the film, said making the movie felt especially real because Ruskin provided the cast with full transcripts from actual hearings involved in Warner’s case. And the actors eventually met the people they were to portray.
“What hooked me were the people at the heart of this story,” Ruskin said. “With a scripted feature, you can really go deep into who those people are.”
“Crown Heights” was acquired by Amazon. Watch the full interview above.