Film crew in town for Mancini movie
By GUY D’ASTOLFO
A film crew will be in Youngstown this week to shoot a documentary about former boxing champion and Youngs-town native Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.
The film is based on a biography of Mancini written by Mark Kriegel and is being directed and produced by Derik Murray of Canada.
Murray is a television documentary maker whose works include “Facing Ali,” which focused on the boxers who fought Muhammad Ali; and also “Life and Times of Mario Lemieux” and “Life and Times of Wayne Gretzky,” about the hockey greats.
He is also the creator and executive producer of the 13-part reality sports series “Making the Cut,” which aired prime-time in fall 2004 on CBC (Canada) and on Global Television in 2007.
Mancini will accompany the film crew in Youngstown to capture the character of the city.
“Ray has been talking to us about the talent in Youngstown, and not just in boxing,” said Murray, who added that the city could wind up as a backdrop for other film projects. “Every town wishes they had a native son like Ray.”
“The Good Son” will be complete toward the end of the year. Murray said he’ll present it to broadcast outlets and DVD distributors to get it to as wide an audience as possible.
Mancini held the WBA lightweight boxing title for two years in the 1980s. Since retiring from boxing in the early ’90s, he has been working as a film producer and boxing analyst.