The Manhattan Film Festival was founded in 2006, and showcases the work of independent filmmakers in order to help them reach a broader audience. In 2013, it was named by Moviemaker magazine one of 25 “coolest film festivals in the world.” The MFF also prides itself on coming up with creative solutions to help filmmakers pursue their careers, including a Filmmaker Revenue Sharing Program. This year, the festival boasts an eclectic mix of features, documentaries and short films. See the schedule here.
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Bushwick man David McCallum was jailed for kidnapping and murder in 1986, when he was just 16 years old. McCallum has consistently claimed that he was wrongfully convicted. He is now 44, and the star of David & Me–a documentary that campaigns for a review of his case, and chronicles his friendship with young filmmaker Ray Klonsky. Playing as part of the Manhattan Film Festival.
Ray Klonsky first encountered David McCallum nine years ago, when Klonsky (now 29) was in college and McCallum (now 44) was 19 long years into a life sentence. Then as now, McCallum was languishing in Otisville Correctional Facility—incarcerated for a crime he claims he did not commit.
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