Michael Rooker in HENRY: THE PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER in 4k
“13TH” – Netflix documentary directed and produced by Ava DuVernay
The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States…” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.
About Ava DuVernay
Nominated for two Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, writer/director Ava DuVernay’s most recent feature “Selma” was one of 2015’s most critically-acclaimed films. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize for her feature “Middle of Nowhere,” DuVernay’s earlier directorial work includes “I Will Follow,” “Venus Vs,” and “This is The Life.” In Fall of 2016, her first television series as executive producer, writer and director, “Queen Sugar,” debuted on Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN. DuVernay distributes and amplifies the work of other people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Hollywood for 2016.
37 / Starring: Samira Wiley, Michael Potts, Christina Brucato, Jamie Harrold, Maria Dizzia & more / In Theaters and On Demand October 7th
“37” is based on the true story of the murder of Kitty Genovese in Kew Gardens in 1964, when, in theory, 37 people heard her and no one helped. The film will be released in theaters and on demand October 7th.
This murder lead to the discovery of The Bystander Effect, a social psychology term that states the greater number of bystanders the less likely they are to help) and her case is studied in universities across the country.
The film features an ensemble cast lead by Samira Wiley (The Handmaiden’s Tale, Orange is the New Black), Michael Potts (The Wire, True Detective) and Adrian Martinez (White Girl) and is written and directed by first time filmmaker Puk Grasten, who became fascinated with the story and what it represents while a student at NYU. The film came out of a short she made while a student at NYU.