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An Afternoon with Ken Burns at The Avon

On Sunday, December 2nd at 4:00 p.m., The Avon Theatre and The Better Angels Society present THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, followed by a post-film Q&A with writer/producer/director Ken Burns (PROHIBITION, THE NATIONAL PARKS, BASEBALL), to be moderated by Joe Meyers (CT Post). Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, November 14th.  Ticket prices are $25 for members, $35 for non-members. To purchase tickets, please call the Avon business office during daytime business hours at 203-661-0321, or the box office during showtimes at 203-967-3660, x2.


This 119 minute film  is about five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested in 1989 and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. They spent between six and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, resulting in their convictions being overturned. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.


Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated BROOKLYN BRIDGE in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. Burns was the director, producer, co-writer, chief cinematographer, music director and executive producer of the landmark television series THE CIVIL WAR. This film was the highest-rated series in the history of American public television, prior to BASEBALL, and attracted an audience of 40 million during its premiere in September 1990. The New York Times called it a masterpiece and said that Burns “takes his place as the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation.” Tom Shales of The Washington Post said, “This is not just good television, nor even just great television. This is heroic television.” The columnist George Will said, “If better use has ever been made of television, I have not seen it and do not expect to see better until Ken Burns turns his prodigious talents to his next project.” The series has been honored with more than 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Producer of the Year Award from the Producer’s Guild, a People’s Choice Award, a Peabody Award, a DuPont-Columbia Award, a D.W. Griffiths Award and the $50,000 Lincoln Prize, among dozens of others.

Some of Burns’s other films include THE DUST BOWL (scheduled to air on PBS in November, 2012), PROHIBITION (2011), THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA (2009), THE WAR (2007), co-directed with Lynn Novick, JAZZ (2001), LEWIS AND CLARK: THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY (1997), and BASEBALL (1994). Burns was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1975.


The Avon Theatre is a member-supported, non-profit cultural hub, dedicated to presenting film in its highest form, and thriving because of the support of our patrons and community. In addition to an exciting slate of new releases that are hard to find anywhere else, The Avon brings you phenomenal special events and monthly programs. We are proud to provide a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant “Main Street America” setting. The Avon is located on 272 Bedford St in Stamford. For tickets call  the Box Office: (203) 967-3660 or visit


The Better Angels Society is dedicated to helping Ken Burns produce high-quality films that will introduce current and future generations of Americans to their history.  The Society is composed of individual members and family foundations that wish to make a significant philanthropic donation to the making of historical documentaries and enjoy the many benefits such an association will bring.