Youngstown: Still Standing

 

Year: 2010
Country: USA
Run Time: 89 minutes

Youngstown has traditionally been defined by four things: the steel industry, organized crime, corruption in politics, and producer of world-renown boxers. Told through the remembrances of some of its most famous natives (especially Ed O'Neill of Married with Children and Modern Family fame and Ray "Boom-Boom" Mancini) and everyday citizens, this documentary nostalgically recounts the city's history and contributions, from the early 20th century through present day. Many remember it as "the heart of Ohio," strategically placed between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, known in its glory days as a place to make a guaranteed living and have a good life. People worked hard by day; played hard at night. YOUNGSTOWN: STILL STANDING also focuses on the darker side and provides an exposé-like look into the rumors associated with the town. Each decade is marked by its tragedies, contributing to the downfall of the city. The 50s were known as the "wide open" times when gambling occurred just about everywhere. The accessibility of money and racqueteering opportunities paved the way to the organized crime of the 60s which, ultimately, earned Youngstown the nickname, Bombtown. Then the closing of the mills in the 70s opened the door for a brisk drug trade and further mob activity. And, finally, there were the Jim Trafficant years. It's a fascinating history of a town that is down but not out. – C.C.P.

CIFF Screenings

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 9:30 PM
This screening is on Stand By.

Director
John Chechitelli

Producer
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Screenplay
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Cinematography
Mathieu Vadepied

Editing
Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
John Chechitelli has served as editor, producer, and crew on multiple productions for serial television. He has even had an acting role on "The West Wing."

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