Manhattan Film Festival will open its eighth run tomorrow at the Quad Cinema in New York City (click here for complete schedule and tickets). The only film TrustMovies has managed to see in advance is a worthwhile documentary entitled DAVID & ME that probes the so-called justice in our justice system, with emphasis on Brooklyn, NY -- a borough that has an increasingly disgusting record of forced confessions and wrongful convictions, to which this new documentary adds another nail in the coffin of former D.A. Charles Hynes' equally disgusting career. Unless, of course, that old phrase, "The fish stinks from the head" has no bearing here. Not that Brooklyn is alone is all this: See The Central Park Five to get a taste of Manhattan's contribution to injustice.
David McCallum (shown at bottom) -- whom Ken thought to be innocent of the crime of murder for which David was convicted and for which he has already spent nearly 30 years behind bars. Ray himself was a troubled teen whom his father hoped to protect from getting any further involved in crime. When it came time to make the actual movie, Ray was joined by his friend Marc Lamy (shown below) and together they shot the doc.
Hurricane Carter (above), himself a wrongly convicted man, comes into the picture, trying, as well, to help David. We meet David's family and get to know them a little, as we hope along with them that something can be done to address the wrong committed here.
Hot Docs fest (where it was voted one of the top 20 films), the documentary plays the Quad tomorrow, Friday, June 20, at 7:15pm. Let's hope it will eventually be shown elsewhere, too.