This movie is based on the same crime as depicted in "Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door"
see this thread
While "The Girl Next Door" is based upon a work of fiction about true events
"An American Crime
", also known as "The Basement"
, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to controversy amongst the critics. "An American Crime" uses the actually trial transcripts and is more true to the actually events.Video interview with Tommy O'Haver
on "American Crime", trailer for the movie.
Latest news on "An American Crime" from the official website
"So the word is out, and it is true An American Crime will be premiering on Showtime later this year. Probably March or May. Many seem disappointed that there will be no theatrical release this was certainly not the original plan, after all.
We had a very complicated situation with our distributor First Look. There were offers from other companies, but First Look wouldn't sell the movie to a theatrical venue they felt it was in their financial interest to retain DVD rights at all costs. At the same time, they did not want to spend any money on a theatrical release even with Ellen Page's recent Academy Award nomination! Quite simply, they felt the film's subject matter was too dark to appeal to anyone. (We all know better.)
Anyway, thank God Showtime stepped in! They were willing to premiere the movie without taking the DVD rights.
Ultimately, I think it will be the best thing for An American Crime. First of all, Showtime is quickly becoming the edgiest channel on television these days their programming, in my opinion, surpasses that of HBO's. They certainly take more chances. And they are very passionate about the film. So it feels like the right fit.
More importantly, Sylvia's story will reach a far wider audience on Showtime certainly more than if we had a typical indie theatrical release. With Showtime's support, the movie's premiere will become a real event.
So that's the story in a nutshell. It's actually pretty exciting. And it won't be long before everyone has a chance to see the movie!"
According to this site
"An American Crime", is debuting on SHOWTIME on Saturday, March 15 at 8 PM ET/PT.Showtime's website
does not list a date or time yet, only the movie title and a few details.