The Witness



Now available on VOD:

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

Previous Engagements

New York City, NY
IFC Center 
Film Society of Lincoln Center 
Kew Gardens Cinemas

Los Angeles, CA
Claremont – Laemmle Claremont 5 
Irvine – Edwards University Town Center 6 
Pasadena – Laemmle Playhouse 7 
Santa Monica – Laemmle Monica Film Center

Albuquerque, NM
United Artists High Ridge 8

Austin, TX
Regal Cinemas Arbor 8 at Great Hills

Calgary, Canada
Globe Cinema

Charlotte, NC
Regal Cinemas Ballantyne Village 5

Chicago, IL
Gene Siskel Film Center 

Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Cinematheque

Columbus, OH
Gateway Film Center 

Des Moines, IA
Fleur Cinema & Café

Durham, NC
The Carolina Theatre

Floral Park, NY
North Shore Towers Cinema 

Gainesville, FL
Hippodrome Cinema

Georgetown, SC
Strand Cinema

Hartford, CT
Real Artways

Houston, TX

14 Pews

Hudson, NY
Time & Space Ltd

Huntington, NY
Cinema Arts Centre

Knoxville, TN
Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8

Lincoln, NE
Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

Lowell, MA
Luna Theater

Nevada City, CA
Nevada Theatre


New Orleans, LA
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Art Center

Ottawa, Canada

The Mayfair Theatre

Pelham, NY
Pelham Picture House

Pleasantville, NY
Jacob Burns Film Center 

Port Jefferson, NY
Port Jefferson Documentary Film Series 

Portland, OR
Regal Cinemas Fox Tower 10

Portsmouth, NH
The Music Hall

Rehoboth Beach, DE
Cinema Art Theater

Sag Harbor, NY
Sag Harbor Cinemas

San Diego, CA
Angelika Film Center Carmel Mountain

San Francisco, CA
Roxie Theatre

Santa Rosa, CA
Summerfield Cinemas

Sedona, AZ
Harkins Theatres Shea 14


Sante Fe, NM
The Screen

Sedona, AZ
Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Film Society at All Satins Cinema

Toronto, Canada
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Tunkhannock, PA
Dietrich Theater

Utica, NY

Munson Cinema 

Vancouver, Canada
Rio Theatre

Victoria, Canada
The Vic Theatre 

Washington DC
Angelika Pop Up

Winchester, VA
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema


Winston-Salem, NC
Aperture Cinema