A scandal involving Pennsylvania judges and children in trouble with the law, is hitting the big screen.
Robert May was executive producer of the documentary “Fog of War” and producer on the drama “The Station Agent.” Now he’s trying his hand as director. “Kids for Cash” is about the scandal of the same name which occurred in Pennsylvania where these two judges were accused of taking millions of dollars for sending kids into a private for-profit juvenile detention center,” he said.May’s office is in New York City but he lives in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, where the scandal unfolded. He says as the headlines and news coverage added up, he realized this was a story that was “literally happening in my backyard.”
May said he decided to make the film because he “couldn’t understand how these celebrated guys,” the judges at the heart of the scandal, “were living among me, where I lived, how could they be this evil and no one know it?”May said he hopes his film will appeal to viewers well beyond Pennsylvania including, “anyone who has a kid, loves a kid or was a kid.'”
The film has its red carpet premiere in February at the Kimmel Center and May said it will show at theaters around the country.