WATCH: Trailer for Indie Film ’37’ Starring Samira Wiley

Samira Wiley stars in the indie feature film 37, written and directed by Puk Grasten.  The film revolves around the 1964 murder of 28-year-old Kitty Genovese who was stabbed and sexually assaulted by Winston Moseley in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens, New York while her neighbors allegedly listened, watched from their windows, closed their drapes, and turned up the radio to drown out the screams.  It was reported that 38 witnesses either saw or heard Genovese’s death cries from their windows and failed to intervene.

Wiley plays the role of  Joyce Smith, the matriarch who relocates to Kew Gardens with her husband and children in order to escape the race riots that pervaded Harlem in the 1960s. The film also stars Michael Potts, Adrian Martinez, and Maria Dizzia.

The film will be released in theaters on Oct. 7.

Wiley is originally from Washington DC, and graduated from the Julliard School.  Her first major acting role was in 2011 in the comedic feature film The Sitter, and between seasons of OITNB, she filmed independent film, Rob the Mob, directed by Raymond De Felitta.  She recently joined season three of Stephen Falk’s FX comedy You’re the Worst, and also  joined the cast of Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale alongside Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men).  Wiley can currently be seen on the big screen in the Lionsgate feature thriller Nerve starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco.

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