AMERICAN TRIAL

American Trial, presented by the Harris Theater

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The Harris Theater is a landmark building at 809 Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Cultural District. The 200-seat theater is owned and operated by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Built as Art Cinema, it was the first Pittsburgh venue to show only "art movies." Currently closed due to the Coronavirus, we are now presenting "The Harris Theater @ Home," where we offer curated new films for sale online that we would have otherwise been bringing you exclusively at the cinema. By purchasing American Trial, you are supporting the Harris and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust when we need you the most. Thank you, stay safe, and we'll see you at the Harris as soon as we can!

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