WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253 For Immediate Release


Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre

Rochester, New York (January 25, 2013) – WXXI hosts a free screening of The Central Park Five at the Little Theatre on Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. The documentary tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated for a heinous crime, and serves as a mirror for our times. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public, but seats are first come, first served.

The Central Park Five is a film based on Sara Burns best-selling book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged for brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling it “the crime of the century.” But the truth about what really happened didn’t become clear until after the five had spent years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. With The Central Park Five, this story of injustice finally gets the telling it deserves.

Panelists for the discussion, immediately following the screening, include:  Ed Doherty, Vice President of Community Programs at the Rochester Area Community Foundation; LaMarr Jackson, Partner at Harris, Chesworth, O’Brien, Johnstone & Welch, LLP; Nicholas Robertson, lecturer in the departments of Criminal Justice and Sociology/Anthropology at Rochester Institute of Technology; and Perry Ground, Director of the Native American Resource Center at Rochester City School #10

The Central Park Five is being presented in partnership with the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) in conjunction with the traveling exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? and Rochester’s Facing Race, Embracing Equity initiative.

Since the RACE exhibit opened WXXI News has explored the everyday experience of race, the contemporary science that is challenging common ideas about race, and the history of these ideas and experiences here in Rochester and across the United States. WXXI news reports, programming and special events, in conjunction with the exhibit, are made possible by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. To learn more, visit: WXXI.org/race.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

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