OJ: Made in America (Part One Only)
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Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. – Screens with Good White People
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
It is the defining cultural tale of modern America—a saga of race, celebrity, media, violence, and the criminal justice system. And two decades after its unforgettable climax, it continues to fascinate, polarize, and even, yes, develop new chapters. Now, the producers of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 have made it the subject of their first documentary-event and most ambitious project yet. From Peabody and Emmy-award winning director Ezra Edelman, it’s O.J.: Made in America.
O.J.: Made in America revisits – and redefines—it all. The domestic abuse. The police investigation. The white Bronco chase. The trial of the century. The motive, the blood, the glove. The verdict. The aftermath. Drawing upon more than seventy interviews—from longtime friends and colleagues of Simpson to the recognizable protagonists of the murder investigation to observers and commentators with distinct connections to the story—the docu-event is an engrossing, compelling, and unforgettable look at a tantalizing saga. Because at the end of what seems like a search for the real truth about O.J. Simpson, what’s revealed just as powerfully is a collection of indelible, unshakeable, and haunting truths about America, and about ourselves.
This is a 7.5 hour film broken out into three viewing sessions.
Part Two will be shown on Sunday, January 29 at 1 in conjunction with 137 Bullets; all three parts will be screened on Monday, January 30. Director Ezra Edelman will take part in a Q&A following the 7 p.m. screening on January 30.
Each screening segment is $12 ($10 for students). To attend all three parts, it's $25. DocYard passholders can attend all three screening segments as part of their season pass.
Co-presented with the Roxbury International Film Festival @and The DocYard
Ezra Edelman is an award-winning filmmaker. In 2014, he directed two films, Requiem for the Big East and The Opposition, which aired as part of ESPN’s acclaimed 30-for-30 documentary series.
In 2013, Edelman co-produced the documentary Cutie and The Boxer, which was nominated for Academy Award.
He also has produced and directed three films for HBO, including Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, which received a Peabody Award and was nominated for three Emmys. He produced and directed, Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush, which won an Emmy, and The Curious Case of Curt Flood.
Before beginning work in documentaries, Edelman spent seven years as a producer on the news magazine show, Real Sports w/Bryant Gumbel, during which time he won four Emmys.
A native of Washington D.C., Edelman graduated from Yale University and currently lives in Brooklyn.