FILMING OF YOUNGSTOWN DOCUMENTARY UNDERWAY
Shooting will begin this week on a documentary about the city that is being co-produced by Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. Jim Napoli of Youngstown is the executive producer.
“We’re going to show the city as a fighter,” said the former boxing champ and Youngstown native.
Interviews with community leaders, experts, former steel workers, athletes and regular people will be done Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Youngstown Club, downtown.
Mancini said the documentary will focus on the points that have come to define Youngstown over the years: the rise and fall of steel, the inordinate number of professional athletes the city has produced, political corruption, the Mafia turf wars, false promises from national politicians, and where the city stands today and where it’s headed.
The crew hopes to have the film ready by mid-October, and will submit it to the Sundance Film Festival, which is in January. Mancini already has a Canadian firm lined up for foreign distribution and hopes to find a domestic distributor at Sundance.