Hot Docs 2014: David & Me (2014)
Proving the guilt of an innocent man might be called a sub-genre of documentary at this point. So it is with David & Me. The convicted man in question is David McCallum arrested at the age of 16 for the kidnapping, robbery and murder of Nathan Blenner. McCallum was convicted and sentenced to 25 to life and has sat in prison since, despite a pile of evidence indicating his innocence. The Me in question is filmmaker Ray Klonsky, former penpal of McCallum and staunch advocate of his innocence.
Initally, I was troubled by the very title of this documentary, feeling there’s little place for a self-aggrandizing Me in the story of a convicted-but-innocent man. Unfortunately, watching David & Me did not reverse my reservations. While I applaud Klonsky’s efforts there’s something a little off about his prominent place in the story. David McCallum has problems – real problems – that have little do with launching a film career and it seems cruel to get his hopes up about supposed media attention.
That said, I do believe Klonsky is earnest if a bit opportunistic. He’s got a case for McCallum’s innocence and he’s got the chutzpah to try to shine a Hurricane Carter like spotlight on McCallum’s plight. Indeed, he manages to get the attention of Hurrican Carter. If you care for these kinds of docs, there’s much to admire in David & Me despite it’s flaws.
Screening Times for David & Me
Isabel Bader Theatre Sun, Apr 27 9:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Mon, Apr 28 3:00 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Sat, May 3 4:00 PM
Watch the David & Me Trailer