Free Screening of Central Park Five
April 04, 2013
Central Park Five
WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, in partnership with the SIU Center for Inclusive Excellence, theSIU Black Male Initiative, and the Carbondale Public Library, will present a series of local events surrounding the April debut of Central Park Five, the newest film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns and co-directors/producers David McMahon and Sarah Burns.
Central Park Five tells the story of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time, from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.
First, a free screening and discussion of the film will take place on Sunday, April 14 at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main in Carbondale.
Following on Tuesday, April 16 at 8pm, WSIU-TV 8.1 and WUSI-TV 16.1 will broadcast the two-hour documentary.
On Wednesday, April 17 from 5:30-7pm, at SIU Morris Library's Guyon Auditorium, the general public is invited to participate in “Justice and the Central Park Five,” a livestream conversation with film producers Ken and Sarah Burns and four of the five exonerated men. This event will be streamed from The Times Center in New York City. The group will be interviewed by New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer for the newspaper's “TimesTalks” series. A “Q & A” session will follow in Guyon Auditorium, which will be led by SIU Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate Nick Bates. Refreshments will be provided.
Funding for Central Park Five is provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies, theCorporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, and members of The Better Angels Society, including Bobby and Polly Stein.