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Amazon Buys Wrongful Conviction Drama ‘Crown Heights’ — Sundance 2017

Writer-director Matt Ruskin's film premiered Monday in the Sundance Film Festival's U.S. Dramatic Competition section.

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“Crown Heights”

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Amazon Studios has purchased the worldwide rights to the drama “Crown Heights,” which premiered Monday in the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition section. The film sold for more than $2 million, Variety reports.

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“Crown Heights” tells the true story of Colin Warner (“Short Term 12’s” Keith Stanfield), a Brooklyn man who was sent to prison for a murder he did not commit. For more than 20 years, Warner’s childhood friend Carl King (former NFL quarterback Nnamdi Asomugha) fights for Warner’s freedom.

Writer-director Matt Ruskin produced the film with Asomugha and Natalie Galazka.

“Crown Heights” marks Amazon’s fifth Sundance acquisition this year. The company purchased two documentaries — the Grateful Dead film “Long Strange Trip” and the ISIS doc “City of Ghosts” — and two dramatic comedies, Michael Showalter’s  “The Big Sick” and Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline.”

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CAA negotiated the deal for “Crown Heights.”

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