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The Palm Springs Film Society and UCR Palm Desert are collaborating on a new series called REAL TO REEL
This series is meant to tell true stories that may not be given a platform to be seen in the Desert otherwise.
As the first Installment of REAL TO REEL The Palm Springs Film Society and UCR present CROWN HEIGHTS.

In the spring of 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin's childhood friend Carl 'KC' King devotes his life to fighting for Colin's freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system.  This incredible true story is based on the acclaimed This American Life piece and adapted by writer/director Matt Ruskin, with Lakeith Stanfield playing Colin Warner and Nnamdi Asomugha as Carl King. 

CROWN HEIGHTS was workshopped at the Sundance writer's Labs and premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where it won the audience award for Best US Drama.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Showtime: 6:30pm
@UCR Palm Desert| 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211  | (760) 834-0800
For more information please contact the education department at 760.322.2930 or email 

Film Details

Director: Matthew Ruskin

Writer: Matthew Ruskin

Distributor: Amazon Pictures & IFC Films

Running Time: 101 Minutes

Release Date: August 25th, 2017 (limited Theatrical Release and streaming on Amazon)

Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha

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