Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

A Murder in the Park

Year: 2014
Country: United States
Run Time: 93 minutes

A Murder in the Park

In 1983, Anthony Porter was sentenced to death for the murder of two teenagers on Chicago’s south side. Amid allegations of police brutality, and thanks to the investigations of Northwestern University journalism students under the tutelage of Professor David Protess, Porter was released in 1999. New evidence pointed to a man named Alstory Simon as the perpetrator. The media brouhaha over Porter’s wrongful imprisonment led Governor Ryan to banish the Illinois death penalty and commute the sentences of all death row inmates. Professor Protess and his students were media heroes. But there was one problem: in his fervor to abolish the death penalty, Protess seems to have promised witnesses money and a cut of book and movie deals to change their stories. Alstory Simon, now in jail for life, was pressured to confess. Part police procedural, part morality tale, A MURDER IN THE PARK incorporates vivid reenactments to bring the convoluted details of this landmark case to life. – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:15 PM -
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 9:15 PM -
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 10:50 PM

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 2:35 PM -
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 4:10 PM

Local Heroes Competition

Shawn Rech, Brandon Kimber

Shawn Rech attended Cleveland State University and is Managing Director of Cleveland-based Transition Studios. Brandon Kimber is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Creative Director at Transition Studios. Rech and Kimber have produced many weekly television episodes of Crime Stoppers Case Files.


Andrew Hale, Shawn Rech

Brandon Kimber

Brandon Kimber

Community Partner

Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland Pro Chapter

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