Movie Filmed At New Jersey School Tells Origin Of U.S. Miranda Rights – Patch

Movie Filmed At New Jersey School Tells Origin Of U.S. Miranda Rights – Patch

MIDDLETOWN, NJ — Middletown’s Port Monmouth Elementary School, shuttered by the school district for the past two years, will be rented out this summer to be used in the filming of a movie.
The movie is called “Miranda’s Victim” and the film production company is Navesink River Productions, a locally based film studio.
At their most recent meeting, last Tuesday May 10, the Middletown school board voted to lease the school to Navesink River Productions for two months in exchange for $50,000. They will begin filming at Port Monmouth at the end of May, said George Kolber, the owner of the film company.
The movie will tell the true story of Ernesto Miranda, a violent career criminal who was convicted for a brutal kidnapping and rape in 1963 in Arizona. However, his case made history in the United States because his conviction was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on the grounds that Arizona police obtained his confession without a lawyer present.
His case, and resulting retrial, is what led to American police today being legally required to read someone their “Miranda warning rights” before being interrogated by police, which are as follows:
“You have the right to remain silent. If you give up the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney and to have an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you at no cost. During any questioning, you may decide at any time to exercise these rights, not answer any questions or make any statements. Do you understand these rights as I have read them to you?”
The movie will also chronicle Miranda’s 18-year-old rape victim as she remains steadfastly determined to put her attacker in jail, according to Kolber.
“But in a 1960s skeptical America, she falls victim to a legal and medical system run by men, an experience arguably worse than the rape itself,” he said.
Kolber, who is locally based in Monmouth County, is the writer and producer of the film.
He said his movie will include recognizable Hollywood actors, but he could not disclose names yet.
Kolber chose Port Monmouth School because he needed a school building to film in and the facility has been empty for several years now. He said he needed a school building that looked like 1960s America, as Miranda started getting into trouble in grade school.
Two years ago — to howls of protest from local residents — the Middletown school district decided to close Port Monmouth specifically because the 93-year-old building is very old and needed expensive repairs to remain safe for students.
The movie will also be filming scenes in Red Bank and on the Monmouth University campus in West Long Branch, said Kolber.
“Since the events takes place from 1963-1976, we will be able to use unique venues provided by Middletown, Red Bank and Monmouth University,” he said.
“This important, true story could not be told without the support and help of so many throughout the Monmouth community,” said Kolber. “It’s the help of the Red Bank Elks Club, Count Basie and the Antique Motoring Club of Monmouth County, that will enable us to accurately depict 1960-70s America.”
He also said he will be hiring local actors from the community and people who work in technical set production.
In March of 2020, in an extremely dramatic school board meeting where parents, students and PoMo staff were crying, the Middletown Board of Education voted to close down Port Monmouth due to a dwindling student population and the building falling apart.
Many in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown were very upset when the school was closed. Port Monmouth students have been shipped to other schools in the district. Middletown Township currently has plans underway to turn the Port Monmouth building into a rec center.
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