Putnam Trail Begins Festival Run

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"Save the Putnam Nature Trail" documentary makes the case for preserving one of NYC's last remaining nature trails

The documentary entitled "Save the Putnam Nature Trail" is an official selection of the 3rd Annual International Film Festival Manhattan. The premiere is set for October 20th.

We were all astonished by the vibrancy of the birds and foliage..so beautifully captured as a backdrop to interviews.

"Save the Putnam Nature Trail," a short version of the first on-location episode of "Gotta Run with Will", is pleased to be an official selection of the 3rd Annual International Film Festival Manhattan. The video will have its New York festival premiere on October 20, 2013 at the Anthology Film Archives 2nd Street/2nd Avenue. A trailer is available on YouTube: http://youtu.be/LX8Y0gOvfj0

“We are thrilled to showcase this short from the local community that advocates to preserve the Putnam Trail," states Festival Director Luis Pedron. "The working people’s right to such a basic social necessity - access to nature - is the primary issue of this environmental crime saga.”

“City Parks describes the Trail as an abandoned railroad Right of Way, but the video shows it is far from being abandoned," declares Executive Producer Will Sanchez. "From it 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 of 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.”

Will Sanchez, an independent producer trained at Manhattan Neighborhood Network [MNN], created “Gotta Run with Will” to showcase runners who have used the gift of running to transform their lives and to better the lives of others. He has interviewed over sixty athletes at MNN’s in-house studios. To better tell the story of the Putnam Trail, Will recruited an all-volunteer crew to record its first on-location episode. “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,” states Producer Vanessa Corwin.

Guy Shahar, an award-winning director and a Bronx native, shot and directed. Vanessa Córdova-Corwin, award-winning producer and director of “herFLiX,” a movie review on-line and cable TV show, produced as well as crewed.

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

More information on IFFM: iffmnewyork.com.

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