Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Latest on Genovese Murder Film

Deadline Hollywood has a lot more detail about the film being shot on Austin Street about the Kew Gardens Kitty Genovese murder all those years ago, and, I'm sorry to say, it doesn't sound good. Especially for the residents of Kew Gardens. If the plot they detail in the article is indeed the plot of the movie, this will be rehashing a story that forever stained the reputation of the residents of Kew Gardens, and Queens, and all of New York City for that matter—and has since been revealed to be untrue, a gross exaggeration of what actually took place when this young woman was murdered. See my coverage about the case here if you haven't been following the latest revelations about the Kitty Genovese murder case.

From Deadline Hollywood:
Samira Wiley & Michael Potts Head Ensemble Cast For ’37’, Drama Inspired By Kitty Genovese Murder
37 examines the lives of a group of families living in the Kew Gardens area of Queens, New York in the 1960s who witness the murder of 28-year-old Genovese (Brucato) and do not intervene. 37 is an expansion on the short film by Tisch alum Puk Grasten, which premiered at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival.

Why stain the reputation of our neighborhoods here in Queens? If you're a filmmaker, wouldn't you want to portray the truth about what really happened? I was hoping this film was going to be a documentary of some kind revealing that truth, not rehashing the sensationalistic erroneous news reports that forever tarnished the city's reputation.


  1. least the cars are cool looking?

  2. But on the plus side - Samira Wiley! Love her.

  3. Get out htere and protest while they are trying to film. And, boycott the film once it is released.

  4. They film on my street. I'm going to say something flat out to the cast and crew as I walk by, that if they want to perpetuate a myth, they can go film somewhere else, NOT Queens.

    1. You and I probably live on the same street, then. Good for you, standing up for our neighborhood! I don't know that Im brave enough to do the same...but I wish I was.

  5. The Queens haters need to stop. Our diverse borough deserves better; unlike overhyped Brooklyn, there is a more of a community vibe here!

  6. Misrepresentation propagation. Shame on you!

  7. I really don't think some movie about an event that happened more than 50 years ago is going to tarnish the image of Queens.