HUMANITAS Kieser Award Winner, John Ridley, Directing ABC Documentary About Rodney King Riots
John Ridley is working on another project for ABC — this time, in the unscripted space. The “American Crime” creator is writing and directing a feature length documentary about the racial tensions in Los Angeles in the ’80s and early ’90s, pegged to the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King Riots. The two-hour doc, “Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992,” will air on ABC in spring 2017.
The documentary will begin a decade before the Rodney King Riots and will culminate with the uprising, rioting, looting and gun violence the followed after the Rodney King case verdict. The project will showcase stories of individuals caught up in the tension, featuring interviews with diverse people of all communities that become involved at the time: black, white, Hispanic, Korean, Japanese Americans, plus police commanders, patrolmen and members of city government.
“With many of the films I’ve been a part of, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to take the past and make it present. For me, the documentary space is about allowing people who have lived history to tell their stories in their voices,” said Ridley in a statement. “Unlike many of us, there are some at the center of the Los Angeles uprising who cannot move on from the events of nearly 25 years ago. As we all still live with a number of the same issues that led to the uprising, they still live with a single event. What those individuals recall, and what they survived, urgently needs to be expressed.”
Full details available at Variety.com: