Sundance: Lakeith Stanfield's Prison Drama 'Crown Heights' Nabbed by Amazon
The Matt Ruskin title centers on a real-life Brooklyn man who is arrested and wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit.
The streaming service nabbed the film for just over $2 million. The film will receive a theatrical release.
The prison drama stars Lakeith Stanfield as Colin Warner, who is arrested and wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit. While losing hope, his best friend, Carl King, devotes his life to restoring Colin's freedom, doggedly pursuing every lead for years.
Matt Ruskin wrote and directed the film, which also features Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Amari Cheatom, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Nestor Carbonell, Zach Grenier, Josh Pais, Yul Vazquez and Ron Canada. Throughout Sundance, the film received standing ovations at each of its public screenings.
Asomugha and Ruskin also produced the film alongside Natalie Galazka, with Jonathan Baker, Joshua Blum and Lila Yacoub as executive producers.
CAA handled the deal.