Exclusive: Nnamdi Asomugha and Lakeith Stanfield Talk ‘Crown Heights’

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Exclusive: Nnamdi Asomugha and Lakeith Stanfield Talk ‘Crown Heights’
Posted by Justine Browning

August 23, 2017

Currently out in NY theaters but expanding this week from Amazon Studios and IFC Films is writer-director Matt Ruskin’s prison drama Crown Heights starring Lakeith Stanfield. 

The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition, where it won the Audience Award. Also featured in the film are Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Nestor Carbonell, Amari Cheatom, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Skylan Brooks, and Adriane Lenox.

“Crown Heights” was produced by Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Galazka, and Matt Ruskin.

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 adapted from the acclaimed This American Life segment by writer/director Matt Ruskin, with Lakeith Stanfield playing Colin Warner and former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha as Carl King

Blackfilm.com recently spoke with Stanfield and Asomugha about their experiences working on the film.


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