AMERICAN TRIAL: The Eric Garner Story is an unscripted, hybrid fiction-documentary about the case that never happened. A mock trial with the real players (with the exception of the actor who plays Pantaleo), the film depicts the trial that would have followed Garner¹s death had Pantaleo been indicted. In the pursuit of accuracy, balance and unbiased accountability, the film uses former New York State prosecutors, real attorneys and actual witnesses, all to present to the jury in this case, the audience – the facts necessary to determine Pantaleo’s guilt or innocence. No script. Only real people and real testimonies in a courtroom setting through a cinematic lens. In a unique, interactive experience, viewers will then be asked to vote on the charges at the end of the film via an embedded ballot.
AMERICAN TRIAL: The Eric Garner Story had its World Premiere at the 2019 New York Film Festival and is director Roee Messinger’s first feature film. Born in Israel, raised in Mexico and educated in the U.S., Messinger graduated from the MFA Program at City College of New York under the sponsorship of the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for international students. His award winning thesis film, DRIFTING, had a successful run on the festival circuit. Messinger and Alena Svyatova serve as Producer, Ralph Richardson is Consulting Director/Executive Producer.
AMERICAN TRIAL: The Eric Garner Story opens virtually in theaters on May 18. A live-streamed Q&A with director Roee Messinger and Eric Garner’s wife, Esaw Snipes Garner, will take place on May 21, where the audience jury verdict will be announced.
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