Sundance Selects Picks Up Ken Burns' Documentary 'The Central Park Five'

Ken Burns Headshot - P 2012
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Ken Burns Headshot - P 2012

The film, which premiered at Cannes, will play at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Ken Burns' new documentary The Central Park Five, which he directed with his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband David McMahon.

The film, which will play the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, had its world premiere earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. It will be Burns' first theatrical release since Huey Long in 1985.

The doc, which the trio also wrote and produced, examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were arrested and convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. They spent between six and 13 years each in prison before a serial rapist confessed to the crime and DNA evidence proved their innocence. 

 "It's incredibly rare to see Ken Burns' name associated with a theatrical documentary but working with Sarah Burns and David McMahon, he has made an exceptional one. We're honored to be working with the filmmakers on this thoughtful andtimely film that exposes a huge miscarriage of justice,"  Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films said.

The deal was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, director of acquisitions and productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with co-director, writer and producer McMahon on behalf of the filmmakers.