The Witness

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On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly attacked on a street in Kew Gardens, Queens. Soon after, The New York Times published a front-page story asserting that 38 witnesses watched her being murdered from their apartment windows—and did nothing to help. The death of Kitty Genovese, 28, quickly became a symbol of urban apathy.  THE WITNESS follows the efforts of her brother Bill Genovese as he looks to uncover the truth buried beneath the story. In the process, he makes startling discoveries about the crime that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era.

“As deeply moving as it is enlightening.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A multi-layered nonfiction work about myth, self-deception and reclaiming life from death.” – Variety

“Suspenseful and surprising.” – Los Angeles Times

“Like a visualized ‘Serial.’” – VICE

“Extraordinary” – The New Yorker

“The Witness is not the first attempt to amend the official record on the Kitty Genovese story… but it’s certainly the most personal and moving.” – Vogue

“Astonishing” – Newsweek

“What constitutes a big film? James Solomon’s stunning documentary was produced on a tiny fraction of a Hollywood spectacular’s budget… Yet it topples what we’ve come to accept as a pillar of contemporary wisdom, and brings news about human nature in the process. By any measure that is big indeed.” – The Wall Street Journal

“This extraordinary documentary looks at one of the most infamous of all modern crime stories—the 1964 murder, in Queens, of Kitty Genovese, while her screams were reportedly ignored by dozens of neighbors—through the focus of another genre, the personal documentary.” – The New Yorker

“As gripping as true-crime procedurals Serial and Making a Murderer, but with more intimacy and heartache.” – The Washington Post

Press Kit

THEATER LOCATIONS

New York City, NY
IFC Center – TICKETS – opens 6/3
Film Society of Lincoln Center – TICKETS – opens 6/10
Kew Gardens Cinemas – TICKETS – opens 6/10

Los Angeles, CA
Claremont – Laemmle Claremont 5 – TICKETS  – 6/18 and 6/19 only
Irvine – Edwards University Town Center 6 – TICKETS  – opens 6/17
Pasadena – Laemmle Playhouse 7 – TICKETS  – opens 6/17
Santa Monica – Laemmle Monica Film CenterTICKETS – opens 6/17

Albuquerque, NM
United Artists High Ridge 8 – TICKETS – opens 6/24

Austin, TX
Regal Cinemas Arbor 8 at Great Hills – TICKETS – opens 6/24

Calgary, Canada
Globe Cinema – TICKETS – opens 7/1

Charlotte, NC
Regal Cinemas Ballantyne Village 5 – TICKETS  – opens 6/24

Chicago, IL
Gene Siskel Film Center – TICKETS –  9/16 

Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Cinematheque – TICKETS – 9/11 only

Columbus, OH
Gateway Film Center – TICKETS  – opens 6/17

Des Moines, IA
Fleur Cinema & Café – TICKETS – 7/7 only

Durham, NC
The Carolina Theatre – TICKETS8/21 through 8/25

Floral Park, NY
North Shore Towers Cinema – TICKETS – opens 6/24

Gainesville, FL
Hippodrome Cinema – TICKETS – opens 7/15

Georgetown, SC
Strand Cinema – TICKETS – 8/5 and 8/13 only

Hartford, CT
Real Artways – TICKETS – 9/10 & 9/11 only

Houston, TX

14 Pews – TICKETS  – opens 6/17

Hudson, NY
Time & Space Ltd – TICKETS – opens 7/21

Huntington, NY
Cinema Arts Centre – TICKETS – opens 6/24

Knoxville, TN
Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8 – TICKETS – opens 6/24

Lincoln, NE
Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center – TICKETS – opens 7/8

Lowell, MA
Luna Theater – TICKETS – 7/9, 7/12, and 7/16 only

Nevada City, CA
Nevada Theatre – TICKETS – 8/14 only


New Orleans, LA
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Art Center – TICKETS – opens 9/9

Ottawa, Canada

The Mayfair Theatre – TICKETS – opens 7/30

Pelham, NY
Pelham Picture House – TICKETS – opens 6/24

Pleasantville, NY
Jacob Burns Film Center – TICKETS – opens 7/1

Port Jefferson, NY
Port Jefferson Documentary Film Series – TICKETS – 7/8 only

Portland, OR
Regal Cinemas Fox Tower 10 – TICKETS – opens 6/24

Portsmouth, NH
The Music Hall – TICKETS –  7/24, 7/26 and 7/28 only

Rehoboth Beach, DE
Cinema Art Theater – TICKETS – opens 7/8

Sag Harbor, NY
Sag Harbor Cinemas – TICKETS – opens 6/10

San Diego, CA
Angelika Film Center Carmel Mountain – TICKETS  – opens 6/24

San Francisco, CA
Roxie Theatre – TICKETS – opens 7/29

Santa Rosa, CA
Summerfield Cinemas – TICKETS – opens 8/5

Sedona, AZ
Harkins Theatres Shea 14 – TICKETS – opens 7/1


Sante Fe, NM
The ScreenTICKETS  – opens 6/17

Sedona, AZ
Mary D. Fisher Theatre – TICKETS – 7/11 only

Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Film Society at All Satins Cinema – TICKETS –  opens 8/26

Toronto, Canada
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – TICKETS  – opens 6/17

Tunkhannock, PA
Dietrich Theater – TICKETS – 9/21, 9/26, 10/3 

Utica, NY

Munson Cinema – TICKETS – 7/20 and 7/22 only

Vancouver, Canada
Rio Theatre – TICKETS – 7/8 and 7/9 only

Victoria, Canada
The Vic Theatre – TICKETS – 7/15, 7/16, and 7/17 only


Washington DC
Angelika Pop Up – TICKETS – opens 7/1

Winchester, VA
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – TICKETS – 8/14 only


Winston-Salem, NC
Aperture Cinema – TICKETS  – opens 6/17