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. […]

When Editing Began: The Cut that Launched a Filmmaking Craft

June 7, 2019

By the time film pioneer Georges Méliès made this only slightly exaggerated claim, the making and exhibition of narrative film was establishing itself as a business separate from the variety stage and lecture circuit. As more people visited storefront theatres to see moving picture stories, they watched the art and craft of editing evolving on screens right before their eyes. […]

The Talented Mr. Ridley:
First Bio on Filmmaker Scott

June 4, 2019

Sir Ridley Scott’s extraordinary career in television and motion pictures is long overdue for a thorough historical and critical examination. Today, with books on almost every imaginable cinematic subject popping up regularly, the lack of definitive writing on Scott seems an odd omission. […]

What Our Members Do: Amanda Nelligan

May 2, 2019

“I read scripts submitted for consideration, providing a synopsis and my analysis of whether they are a good bet for the studio — the pros and cons of premise, character, storyline, dialogue, etc.” […]

‘Making Waves’ to Premiere at Tribeca

March 5, 2019

The documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, which CineMontage wrote about in October 2017, will receive its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in late April. […]

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. […]

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