AMERICAN TRIAL

American Trial, presented by the Charlotte Film Society

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Founded in 1982, the Charlotte Film Society’s primary mission is to bring foreign, classic and independent films to Charlotte that might not otherwise come here. Our belief in supporting alternative cinema continues to grow and expand through our Saturday Night Cine Club, Back Alley Film Series, and Charlotte Film Lab as well as other special film screenings and events offered throughout the year. The Charlotte Film Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your purchase of American Trial supports us during this critical time. As a thank you, please use promo code CHARLOTTE$3 to save $3 at check out!

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