On Saturday night, Matt Goldberg over on Collider tweeted the following:
LONG SHOT is incredible. Take 40 minutes and watch it on @netflix ASAP.— Matt Goldberg (@MattGoldberg) November 5, 2017
I had 40 minutes to spare before Saturday Night Live began that night, so I thought, ‘Fuck it. I trust Goldberg. It’s 40 minutes. I can spare it! I’ll watch a couple of minutes, and if it doesn’t grab me, I’ll do something else.”
It grabbed me immediately.
It’s a short documentary, and I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll be brief: It’s about a guy named Juan Catalan, who was falsely accused back in 2003 of a brutal gangland murder of a 16-year-old. He was arrested, interrogated using slimy tactics, and eventually the prosecutor brought him up on charges that made him eligible for the death penalty. The thing is, though: He had an airtight alibi, or rather, it would have been an airtight alibi if he were a white guy from a nice neighborhood. But he’s not. He’s a person of color whose brother was involved in a gang, and therefore, presumed guilty, even though he was at a Dodgers’ game during the time of the murder. He had tickets. He went with friends and his six-year-old daughter, who testified on his behalf. Are six-year-olds even capable of lying under oath?
However, all that evidence wasn’t enough to convince the prosecutor that Juan Catallan wasn’t behind the murder. It took a goddamn Hail Mary to save him. I won’t spoil it, except to say it involved Larry David and an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
It’s a quick watch. You can watch on your phone over your lunch break while eating a sandwich, or at the laundromat while waiting for a load to dry. It’s totally worth it.