A new documentary,
David & Me,
tells the story of a friendship between Toronto filmmaker Ray Klonsky and David McCallum, a man who was wrongly convicted as a teenager after being forced to confess to a 1985 murder in New York. McCallum was imprisoned for nearly 30 years and was finally exonerated in October 2014. According to
the friendship between the two men started over a decade ago, when McCallum contacted Klonsky’s father after reading an article he wrote about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a former boxer and exoneree who became a strong advocate for the wrongly convicted.
writes that Klonsky’s father put McCallum in touch with his son who was having issues of his own, and the two connected and wrote to each other frequently. McCallum gave Klonsky life advice and Klonsky became invested in helping McCallum prove his innocence.
David & Me
follows Klonsky and filmmaker Marc Lamy as they set out, with the assistance of a lawyer and a private investigator, to find evidence to exonerate McCallum. Klonsky’s film was submitted to the district attorney’s office in Brooklyn prior to McCallum’s exoneration, and now that McCallum has been exonerated, the film has a new, happier ending. The film will be screened for the first time this Sunday in Vancouver where Klonsky and McCallum will be taking questions from the audience.