AMERICAN TRIAL

American Trial, presented by the Lefont Film Society

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The Lefont Film Society is Atlanta's premiere film arts organization, programming art, independent and foreign language cinema on the BIG SCREEN. During this period when theaters are shuttered, we are bringing our audiences films via Virtual Theatrical. Your purchase of AMERICAN TRIAL supports our efforts and keeps us going until we can see you again at the theater!

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American Trial: The Eric Garner Story is an unprecedented film event, an unscripted courtroom drama that presents the trial that never happened against the NYPD Officer who was filmed choking Eric Garner to death in 2014. American Trial employs real-life prosecutors and defense attorneys to conduct a totally unscripted mock trial using the real-life evidence, witnesses (including Garner’s widow, Esaw), expert testimony and rules of criminal procedure (the only actor in the film is the man who plays the defendant, Officer Daniel Pantaleo). Best of all, the filmmakers do not tell the audience whether Officer Pantaleo should be found guilty or not — the viewers themselves are the jury. 

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    101 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    New York Film Festival 2019
  • Rating
    Not Rated; PG-equivalent
  • Director
    Roee Messinger
  • Producer
    Alena Svyatova, Roee Messinger
  • Executive Producer
    Ralph Richardson, James Jenkins
  • Cast
    Esaw Garner, Alan Dershowitz, Netta Elzie, Deron McKesson, Anthony Altieri, Priya Chaudhry, Robert Brown, Thomas Kenniff, Steven Raiser
  • Cinematographer
    Aharon Rothschild
  • Editor
    Nikolai Metin