What Price Innocence?
‘When They See Us’ Recounts the Journey of Five Wrongfully Convicted Teens

June 7, 2019

In 1989, five teenagers of color were arrested and accused of the rape and brutal beating of a white woman who had been jogging in Central Park. Although the DNA on the rape kit didn’t match any of the young men, they were first coerced to “confess” and convicted by juries in two separate trials in 1990. Dubbed the Central Park Five, the boys became men during their six to 13 years in prison before a convicted serial rapist confessed to the attacks in 2002. […]

When They Hear Us: Creating the Period-Specific Soundtrack for a Tragedy of Justice

June 7, 2019

The Netflix four-part miniseries When They See Us, which dropped May 31, was originally called Central Park 5. That working title identifies the overarching plot trajectory: The notorious case of five teenagers of color who were wrongly convicted of raping a white female jogger in New York, and which resulted in the use of the term “wilding” to describe out-of-control gang activity. The revised title better reflects the fate of the young people unjustly ensnared in the criminal justice system by embracing their humanity and not their politicized role. […]

La ‘Vida’ Familiar: A Latinx Homecoming

June 7, 2019

I had forgotten just how much of myself my work asks me to leave at the door until I worked on Vida. The Starz network show, which had its second season premiere on May 23, was the first network television show on which I’ve ever had the pleasure of being asked to assist. My head didn’t stop spinning from the offer until several weeks into working on the series’ debut season last year. When it finally did stop, it landed smack-dab in the middle of the significance that Vida would have not just for me, but for television itself. […]

The Sundance Kids – Three Editors and Their Films Make Their Debuts in Park City

February 15, 2019

For a picture editor working in independent films, there are few things more exhilarating than having your film accepted in a major film festival — especially if it does not yet have a distributor, and particularly if the fest is the premier showcase for indie films: the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This year, the festival ran January 24 to February 3. […]

Duck Dynasty – Editing the Fowl Play of Huey, Dewey, Louie and Company

February 15, 2019

Longtime classic Disney character Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie made their very first appearance 82 years ago in a February 1937 Donald Duck Sunday newspaper comic strip (only three years after Donald himself was created). By October of that year, the triplets had their own strip, Donald’s Nephews, and six months later, in April 1938, the three ducklets made their animated debut in a cartoon short of the same name. […]

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