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Join Amazon Studios for an exclusive advance screening of CROWN HEIGHTS, the 2017 Sundance Audience Award winning film. This screening is sponsored by the Center for Advancing Opportunity and hosted by UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.

When: Friday, August 25
6 to 9 pm
Where: UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Moot Court Room (Room 518)
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States

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You are invited to an exclusive advance screening of the 2017 Sundance Audience Award winning film, CROWN HEIGHTS.

Brought to you by Amazon Studios, this screening is sponsored by Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO) and hosted by UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.

CROWN HEIGHTS is based on the incredible true story of Colin Warner who in 1980 was charged and convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. As the LA Times said, “CROWN HEIGHTS is a pointed reminder of the gaping flaws in the criminal justice system and the power of perseverance and loyalty to overcome them.”

The event will take place at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law in Moot Courtroom, 5th floor. A reception prior to the screening will start at 6:00pm and the screening will begin at 6:30pm. A Q&A will immediately follow the film.

Reserve your spot on Eventbrite:


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.

Watch the powerful trailer here:


  • Rick Jones, Executive Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem; Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Jonathan Newton, ‘17, Director, National Association Against Police Brutality
  • Cynthia Roseberry, Executive Director, Council for Court Excellence (CCE)
  • Matt Ruskin, Director, "Crown Heights"
  • Jennifer Wider, Moderator, Executive Director, Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO)


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