O.J.: Made in America

Director: Ezra Edelman

Institute History

  • 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Description

The producers of ESPN’s 30 for 30, along with award-winning director Ezra Edelman, tell the story of one of the most polarizing people in American history, O.J. Simpson. They explore how Simpson's rise and fall was centered around two of America's greatest fixations—race and celebrity.

The film deftly reveals how Orenthal James Simpson first became a football star,why America fell in love with him off the field, what happened in the trial for his ex-wife’s murder and his subsequent acquittal, and finally, why he is now sitting in jail for another crime 20 years later. His is a story that divided America like few things before or since, and it is perhaps the defining cultural tale of twentieth-century America. The film parallels his incredible story with that of race in America, astutely examining the tragic way that they intertwined.

The Festival debuts the complete seven-and-a-half-hour miniseries in two parts on the same day, with a lunch break, and followed by a conversation and Q&A with the filmmakers.

First Half begins at 11:15 AM (273 min)
Second Half begins at 7:15 PM (190 min)

— Trevor Groth

Screening Details

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