Putnam Trail Hits the Festival Circuit

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"Save the Putnam Nature Trail" Makes the Short List at International Film Festival Manhattan

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Putnam Trail featured in documentary short category

First and foremost, I like supporting other filmmakers.

The 3rd Annual International Film Festival Manhattan will be held October 17 through 20th at Anthology Film Archives, 2nd Street and 2nd Avenue. The festival showcases 50 films across several categories including features and shorts.

"Save the Putnam Nature Trail" is the second among four short documentaries in Program #9 which screens from 1- 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 20th. The video is a short version of the first on-location episode of "Gotta Run with Will", a locally-produced on line and cable TV show produced and hosted by Will Sanchez for Manhattan Neighborhood Network. The video was shot and directed by Guy Shahar, an award-winning director and a Bronx native, and produced by Vanessa Córdova-Corwin, an award winning producer and director of “herFLiX,” a movie review on-line and cable TV show.

“We were all astonished by the vibrancy of the birds and foliage, and the number of cyclists on the Trail so beautifully captured as a backdrop to interviews,” noted Producer Vanessa Corwin.

“City Parks describes the Trail," said Executive Producer Will Sanchez, "as an abandoned railroad right of way, but the video shows it is far from being abandoned. We see streams of cyclists, couples, joggers, walkers, children, oldsters, fishermen and even dogs enjoying the trail. It shows that the community is solidly in favor keeping their forty-year old trail in its natural state. The Putnam Nature Trail is sacred ground for anyone wanting to get away from the asphalt Jungle.”

Of this entry, Festival Director Luis Pedron said: “We are thrilled to showcase this short from the local community that advocates preserving the Putnam Trail. The working peoples' right to such a basic social necessity - access to nature - is the primary issue of this environmental crime saga.”

Pedron helped create Soho International Film festival in 2010, and later the International Film Festival Manhattan with partner Gerry Balasta. "I've enjoyed doing it because first and foremost I like supporting other filmmakers," said Pedron. "I'm still doing filmmaking and acting but it's a great opportunity to put people out there in your own event and since it's an international arena, it becomes a bigger thing. A couple of awardees got honored in their country because they won in our Film Festival," he said.

For more information about the film festival and to purchase tickets and get directions to the venue, visit: http://iffmnyc.webs.com/

To purchase tickets for documentary shorts, visit: http://www.flavorus.com/event/IFFM-2013-Prog-9/191723

Visit SaveThePutnamTrail.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/saveputnamtrailnow

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