THE WITNESS is a documentary following Bill Genovese as he investigates the 1964 murder of his sister Kitty Genovese, a New York woman who was attacked while 38 people allegedly did nothing to help her. Director James Solomon shares a trailer and clips from the film while recalling what it was like to work with Bill. Solomon also discusses Kitty’s murderer Winston Moseley, the impact the crime had on media and programs such as Neighborhood Watch in this episode of BYOD hosted by Ondi Timoner.
James Solomon, Director/Producer. Eleven years in the making, THE WITNESS is James Solomon’s directorial debut. As a screenwriter, Solomon is drawn to stories we think we know. Most recently, he wrote the feature film, The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford.
The legal thriller about the Lincoln assassination starred James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, and Tom Wilkinson. Solomon’s original screenplay received the Humanitas Prize.
Previously, Solomon was a lead writer and Executive Producer of ESPN’s critically acclaimed eight-hour mini-series, The Bronx is Burning, starring John Turturro and Oliver Platt, which, like The Witness, is about a seminal moment in New York City history.Solomon began as a writer on several television series including Sidney Lumet’s 100 Centre Street and the Emmy Award-winning The Practice. He graduated from Harvard College and was a directing fellow at the American Film Institute before assisting directors on two Oscar-nominated films: Barry Levinson’s Avalon and Arne Glimcher’s The Mambo Kings.Prior to working in film and television, he was a journalist based in Asia and Australia. Solomon grew up and lives in New York City.