Freeway: Crack In The System
(103 min) US
[watch trailer]

Friday 10/16, 5:40 PM (Session 2)

Director: Marc Levin
Producer: Marc Levin, Mike Marangu, Guy Logan

The real Rick Ross is not a rapper. He's an urban legend in South Central LA, a black godfather figure whom most people have never seen, but known by name and reputation. He's 'Freeway' Rick Ross, whose name has been inextricably linked to the CIA-Contra-Cocaine connection. Award-winning filmmakers expose how the infiltration of crack cocaine destroyed inner-city neighborhoods across the country. At the center of it all is the rise, fall and redemption of Freeway Rick Ross, a street hustler who became the King of Crack, and journalist Gary Webb, who broke the story of the CIA's complicity in the drug war.

Marc Levin is an award-winning independent filmmaker. Among many honors, he has won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the Camera D’Or at Cannes, three National Emmys and four dupont-Columbia Awards. Levin’s documentary feature, Godfathers and Sons, was part of the highly regarded Martin Scorsese PBS series, The Blues. In Twilight Los Angeles, an adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith's one-woman show, Levin fused a Broadway play with a documentary look at the LA riots. Levin and his documentary film partner, Daphne Pinkerson, have a twenty-year working relationship with HBO. Their most recent film, Hard Times: Lost on Long Island, about white-collar professionals hit by the Great Recession was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting. TRIANGLE: Remembering the Fire, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Triangle shirtwaist fire of 1911, won a dupont-Columbia Award. During the 1990’s, they produced a number of films for HBO’s America Undercover series, including Mob Stories, Prisoners of the War on Drugs, Execution Machine: Texas Death Row, Soldiers in the Army of God, and Gladiator Days. Levin was awarded the duPont-Columbia award for CIA: America's Secret Warriors, a three-part series that aired on the Discovery Channel. The Home Front with Bill Moyers, which he produced and directed, was honored with the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award. CHICAGOLAND, an eight-hour docu-series for CNN co-executive produced by Robert Redford received great critical acclaim.

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