The story of the Central Park Five is one scarring New York history; a case of injustice for five teenagers of color being wrongly convicted of raping a Central Park jogger. This tragic story showcases many issues addressed by philanthropy for decades, including: race, class, policy and juvenile justice.
Join us for a thought-provoking discussion, featuring filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon; Raymond Santana, a victim from the case; Annemarie Benedict, Programme Executive at The Atlantic Philanthropies; discussion leader Amy Goodman of DemocracyNow!; and session moderator Vince Stehle, Executive Director of Media Impact Funders. Clips of The Central Park Five will be woven into the discussion to illustrate how this case hits the core of issues of discrimination and prosecutorial abuse within our legal system.
A Philanthropy New York Special Event with Media Impact Funders and The Atlantic Philanthropies; co-sponsored by the NYC Youth Funders and New York Juvenile Justice Initiative.
Media Impact Funders is a network of funders, working broadly on media and technology issues, in order to create social change. We serve as a learning resource for grantmakers interested in using media to further their missions; a catalyst for philanthropic partnership and networking; and a convener to advance media and technology focused philanthropy. Media Impact Funders is an affinity group, with members representing foundations, government agencies, donor affinity groups, philanthropic advisors, and individual donors.
Annmarie is the Programme Executive responsible for Atlantic's portfolio of grants seeking abolition fo the Death Penalty in the United States. She has worked on several other criminal justice issues throughout her nine years at The Atlantic Philanthropies including supporting campaigns to end discriminatory policing, to reform indigent defense systems and to restore voting rights to persons convicted of felonies. In her current role she is also collaborating with U.S. colleagues in the areas of Civil Liberties and Race and Criminal Justice. The Atlantic Philanthropies is a limited life foundation and is in active wind down of its grantmaking and operations. As a result, Annmarie's work focuses increasingly on impact analysis, grantee sustainability, funding partnerships, and learning and evaluation. She holds an MFA from the New School and a BA in French from Middlebury College.
Sarah Burns is the author of The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding (Knopf, 2011) and, along with David McMahon and Ken Burns, the producer, writer and director of the documentary The Central Park Five, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. She is currently working on a film about the life and times of Jackie Robinson.
Sarah was born and raised in Walpole, New Hampshire. She graduated from Yale University in 2004 with a degree in American Studies, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, David McMahon, and their daughter.
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!. She is co-author of the national best-seller The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them, written with her brother David Goodman.
The book was chosen by independent bookstores as the #1 political title of the 2004 election season. The book was also chosen as one of the top 50 nonfiction books of 2004 by the editors of Publishers Weekly.
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 300 stations in North America. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, community, and National Public Radio stations, public access cable television stations, satellite television (on Free Speech TV, channel 9415 of the DISH Network), shortwave radio and the internet.
David McMahon first joined Ken Burns and Florentine Films as an assistant editor on Jazz (2001). Following stints at PBS's public affairs series, Frontline, and at National Geographic Television and Film, McMahon returned to Florentine to co-produce The War (2007) and The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009).With Burns and Lynn Novick, he wrote and produced The Tenth Inning (2010), a follow-up to their Baseball series. With Ken Burns and Sarah Burns, McMahon produced, wrote and directed The Central Park Five, a two-hour film about the five black and Latino teenagers wrongly convicted in the Central Park Jogger case of 1989, which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He is currently writing and producing a Florentine Films production about Jackie Robinson.
One of the young men exonerated in the Central Park Jogger case. Subject in "The Central Park Five".
Vince Stehle is the executive director of Media Impact Funders and a member of the CEP Board of Directors.