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FilmRise Acquires Shocking Murder Documentary ‘The Witness’

FilmRise Acquires Shocking Murder Documentary 'The Witness'

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On March 13, 1964, Catherine “Kitty” Genovese was stabbed to death right outside her apartment complex in Queens, New York. It was later reported that there were 38 witnesses to her murder, but none chose to intervene. The new documentary “The Witness” explores the murky details around her death and the subsequent investigation, and it has just been acquired by FilmRise.

The directorial debut of screenwriter James Solomon, “The Witness” details the horrific incident, its aftermath, and Kitty’s brother’s arduous journey to bring her murderer to justice.

“This film is not only an unraveling of what really happened that fateful night, but also about a brother’s relentless quest to reclaim his sister Kitty’s life from her death, “said Solomon. “I am thrilled that FilmRise will be bringing to audiences the untold story of Kitty Genovese and her remarkable brother, Bill.”

FilmRise plans to release the film sometime in spring 2016.

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