Ken Burn’s latest documentary, The Central Park Five, directed with his daughter and son-in-law, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and is currently making the film festival circuit rounds, including Toronto and the Chicago International Film Festival this month, is still causing waves.
The film, which chronicles the still controversial, racially charged, 1989 arrest and trial, in which a group of black and Hispanic teenagers were convicted and later exonerated for the brutal assault and rape of a Central Park jogger, was slapped with a lawsuit from lawyers representing New York City.
The lawyers want to examine outtakes and unused interview footage, which they hope will help them defend against a still pending $50 million federal lawsuit filed by the defendents nine years ago.
Burns said that it was ironic that the city would issue the subpeonas now, since the city has spent years turning down his requests for interviews, which would have explained their actions in their defense, for the film.
In an interview, he further added that: “There is a great deal of disappointment that it came to this, given the fact that we had given so many of the factions in this complicated story many, many opportunities, on a regular basis, to comment.”