When They See Us
When They See Us


When They See Us
When They See Us is a 2019 American drama web television miniseries created by Ava DuVernay for Netflix, that premiered on May 31, 2019. DuVernay also

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When They See UsGenreDramaCreated byAva DuVernayWritten by Directed byAva DuVernayStarring Country of originUnited StatesOriginal language(s)EnglishNo. of seasons1No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)ProductionExecutive producer(s) CinematographyBradford YoungCamera setupSingle-cameraRunning time63-87 minutesProduction company(s) ReleaseOriginal networkNetflixPicture format4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)Audio formatDolby DigitalOriginal releaseMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31)External linksOfficial website

When They See Us is a 2019 American drama web television miniseries created by Ava DuVernay for Netflix, that premiered on May 31, 2019. DuVernay also served as a co-writer, and directed every episode of the series. The series documents the Central Park jogger case from 1989 in which a 28-year-old female jogger was attacked and raped in Central Park in New York City, leaving her in a coma for 12 days. Five juvenile males – four African-American and one Hispanic – were convicted of the crimes by juries in two separate trials in 1990; their convictions were vacated in 2002 (a legal position in which the parties are treated as though no trial has taken place).

The series features an ensemble and recurring cast including Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Michael K. Williams, Logan Marshall-Green, Joshua Jackson, Blair Underwood, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis and Kylie Bunbury.

Contents Premise

When They See Us extends from 1989 when five Harlem teens were, according to Dominic Patten, “convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the brutal rape of a jogger in the NYC park to 2014 when Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise saw their names finally cleared. Having been vilified by New Yorkers back in the late 80s and forced to spend years in jail each, the five sued New York City and settled for just over $40 million about four years ago. Before you take another breath, take into account that sum that works out to around $1 million for every year they collectively spent tossed behind bars for a terrible crime they never committed."[1]

Cast and characters Main cast Recurring cast Episodes No.TitleDirected byWritten by [1]Original release date [2]1"Part 1"Ava DuVernayAva DuVernay, Attica Locke, Michael Starrbury & Robin SwicordMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31) In the spring of 1989, five boys of color are arrested, interrogated and coerced into confessing to the vicious attack of a woman in Central Park. 2"Part 2"Ava DuVernayAva DuVernay, Attica Locke, Michael Starrbury & Robin SwicordMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31) 3"Part 3"Ava DuVernayAva DuVernay, Attica Locke, Michael Starrbury & Robin SwicordMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31) 4"Part 4"Ava DuVernayAva DuVernay, Attica Locke, Michael Starrbury & Robin SwicordMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31) Production Development

On July 6, 2017, it was announced that Netflix had given the production Central Park Five a series order consisting of five episodes. The series was created by Ava DuVernay who is also set to write and direct. Executive producers are expected to include DuVernay, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh. Production companies involved with the series are set to include Participant Media, Harpo Films, and Tribeca Productions.[3] On July 9, 2018, it was reported that the series would now instead consist of four episodes, Bradford Young would serve as the series' cinematographer, and that Robin Swicord, Attica Locke, and Michael Starrbury would cowrite each episode with DuVernay.[1]

On March 1, 2019, DuVernay announced the series had been retitled When They See Us and would be released on May 31, 2019. The announcement was accompanied by the release of a teaser.[4]

Casting

In July 2018, it was announced that Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Jharrel Jerome, and Jovan Adepo had joined the series' main cast.[1][5] On August 3, 2018, it was reported that Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Storm Reid had been cast in supporting roles.[6] A week later, it was announced that Chris Chalk, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez, Caleel Harris, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham and Asante Blackk had filled out the main cast, both as adults and as teenagers.[7] By the end of the month, it was reported that Joshua Jackson, Christopher Jackson, Adepero Oduye, Omar Dorsey, Blair Underwood, Famke Janssen, William Sadler, and Aurora Perrineau had also joined the cast.[8]

Filming

Principal photography for the series began during the week of August 6, 2018, in New York City, New York.[7] On August 10, 2018, filming took place on Madison Avenue in the East Harlem area of Manhattan.[9]

Reception

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 88% based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 8.27/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Ava DuVernay pulls no punches in When They See Us, laying out the harrowing events endured by the Central Park Five while adding a necessary layer of humanity to their story that challenges viewers to reconsider what it means to find justice in America."[10] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 88 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "universal acclaim.[11]

References
  1. ^ a b c d Patten, Dominic (July 9, 2018). "Ava DuVernay's 'Central Park Five' Casts Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga & John Leguizamo For Netflix Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 9, 2018..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg/12px-Wikisource-logo.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ "When They See Us – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (July 6, 2017). "Ava DuVernay Teaming With Netflix On Central Park Five Limited Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Patten, Dominic (March 1, 2019). "Ava DuVernay's 'Central Park Five' Gets Netflix Debut Date, New Name + Teaser". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (July 25, 2018). "'Central Park Five': Felicity Huffman, Jharrel Jerome & Jovan Adepo Join Ava DuVernay's Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (August 3, 2018). "'Wrinkle in Time' Star Storm Reid, Niecy Nash Among Five to Join Ava DuVernay's 'Central Park Five' Series". Variety. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Petski, Denise (August 10, 2018). "'Central Park Five': Chris Chalk, Ethan Herisse Among 6 Male Leads Cast In Ava DuVernay's Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Patten, Dominic (August 24, 2018). "Ava DuVernay's 'Central Park Five' Adds Joshua Jackson, 'Hamilton's Christopher Jackson, Adepero Oduye & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Friday, Aug 10 Filming Locations for This Is Us, The Boys, SVU, & more! - On Location Vacations". On Location Vacations. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "When They See Us: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  11. ^ "When They See Us". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
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