American Trial, presented by the Cinema Theater

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The Cinema Theater is the oldest movie theater in the greater Rochester area. We’ve been in continuous operation since 1914! We have a double feature every night at 7:00 PM when we're not shut down by pandemics. During this period, we are offering films via virtual theatrical. Your purchase of American Trial supports us while our doors are closed. Thank you, and we can't wait to see you at the Theater again soon!

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
  • Runtime
    101 minutes
  • Language
  • 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