Scottsboro: An American Tragedy


1h 24m 2000

Brief Synopsis

When fate places people in the wrong place at the wrong time, fear and suspicion can fuel injustice like a runaway train. This documentary offers a comprehensive study of the infamous 1931 Alabama legal case involving nine black men, ages thirteen to nineteen, who were unjustly accused of raping two

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m

Synopsis

When fate places people in the wrong place at the wrong time, fear and suspicion can fuel injustice like a runaway train. This documentary offers a comprehensive study of the infamous 1931 Alabama legal case involving nine black men, ages thirteen to nineteen, who were unjustly accused of raping two young white women. Because no one in the state would touch the case, the "boys" were poorly represented by an overconfident New York Jewish defense lawyer and all nine were convicted by an all-white jury and sentenced to death.

Crew

Charlotte Anker

Special Thanks To

Daniel Anker

Producer

Jerry Anker

Special Thanks To

Bob Aumon

Special Thanks To

Glenn Ballard

Grip

Ed Barteski

Special Thanks To

Susan Bdzell

Special Thanks To

Carol Berkin

Special Thanks To

Carol Berkin

Advisor

Edward Bilous

Music

Kay Boyle

Other Writer

John Cadell

Special Thanks To

James Callanan

Cinematographer

Dan Carter

Advisor

Marion Carter

Special Thanks To

Margaret Drain

Executive Producer

Rachel Dretzin

Special Thanks To

Steven Dunlap

Sound

Anna Fagin Ginger

Special Thanks To

Tommy Fell

Special Thanks To

Frank Ferrigno

Animator

Raymond Fraley

Special Thanks To

Harriet Glickman

Special Thanks To

Barak Goodman

Producer

Barak Goodman

Screenplay

Frank Goodman

Special Thanks To

James Goodman

Advisor

Joan Goodman

Special Thanks To

Gillian Goodrich

Special Thanks To

Amanda Harberg

Music

Roger Haydock

Assistant Camera Operator

Clive Helfet

Graphic Designer

Tom Hurwitz

Cinematographer

Greg Kalember

Music

Robin Kelley

Advisor

Kwando Kinshasha

Advisor

Polly Kosko

Special Thanks To

Andy Lanset

Special Thanks To

Andy Lanset

Archival Footage

Robert Leibowitz

Archival Footage

Majorie Leibowitz Finch

Special Thanks To

Douglas Linder

Special Thanks To

Conrad Lynn

Other

Grant Maxwell

Rerecording

Steve Mccarthy

Special Thanks To

James Meyerson

Special Thanks To

James Miller

Special Thanks To

Sandra Isabelle Muller

Assistant Camera Operator

Courtney Murphy

Special Thanks To

Susan Pennybacker

Special Thanks To

Roger Phenix

Sound

Tony Pipitone

Sound Editor

Elizabeth Prohasto

Special Thanks To

Trina Quagliaroli

Associate Producer

Brenda Ray

Sound Recordist

John Rehberger

On-Line Editor

Antonio Rossi

Assistant Camera Operator

Mark Samuels

Producer

Anthony Savini

Assistant Camera Operator

Jen Scaturro

Music

Leo Seltzer

Archival Footage

Irene Selver

Special Thanks To

Glen Shauer

Animator

Miriam Sherman

Special Thanks To

Michael Shirley

Special Thanks To

Tony Slocum

Sound Editor

Buddy Squires

Cinematographer

Bill Stokes

Colorist

John Tanzer

Assistant Camera Operator

Sylvia Thompson

Special Thanks To

Mills Thornton

Advisor

Jean Tsien

Editor

Anna Useem

Assistant Camera Operator

William Watts

Special Thanks To

Jack Wheeler

Special Thanks To

Andrew Wyndham

Special Thanks To

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m

Award Nominations

Best Documentary Feature

2000

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of Best Documentary at the 2000 Urbanworld Film Festival.

Winner of the Audience Skyy Prize for Best Film at docfest 2000 (New York International Documentary Film Festival).

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States August 2000

Released in United States January 2000

Released in United States Winter January 19, 2001

Shown at docfest: New York International Documentary Festival May 31 and June 2-6, 2000.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Documentary Competition) January 20-30, 2000.

Shown at Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City August 2-6, 2000.

Released in United States 2000 (Project was screened digitally at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.)

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at docfest: New York International Documentary Festival May 31 and June 2-6, 2000.)

Released in United States January 2000 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Documentary Competition) January 20-30, 2000.)

Released in United States Winter January 19, 2001

Released in United States August 2000 (Shown at Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City August 2-6, 2000.)