Narrative Short | 15m | Canada
SHOWTIME: 9:15PM – (All times are subject to change)
Set in the 1970’s, 21 year-old Bobby Mayhill struggles to find guidance as his older brother Tommy serves a six year sentence for assault on a police officer. Abandoned during pivotal years of his youth, Bobby becomes troubled and is following in the footsteps of his older brother. Upon Tommy’s release, he finds out about Bobby’s involvement with Jason, an old friend, and must now give Bobby a way out of the crime surrounded streets of Brooklyn, New York. However, it becomes unclear who the real enemy is as Tommy’s past with the law catches up with him.
Director of Photography
Director: Ryan Tonelli
Ryan Tonelli is an award winning director based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As a recent graduate from the prestigious Ryerson University Film Program, he is now working at the Directors Guild of Canada with ambitions of joining as an apprentice. Ryan’s style of narrative storytelling is unique in the way he builds characters to be relatable on different levels. He allows the audience to interact with a story on a more personal level, giving the conclusion much more of a unique impact.
Finding the truth behind every story has been something I have searched for my whole life. When looking for these truths, I would start from the very beginning.
MANNISH BOY embodies decades of African-American history, relevant to police brutality and racial conflicts. Tracing back to the late 60’s, research began with The Black Panther Party, whose political movements sought out to seek not only equality, but respect.
Respect in black communities has been known to falter not only though racial conflict, but also victimization though police cruelty.
In my last years at Ryerson University, as a writer, I have studied the many cases accounted for that pertain to these re-occurring issues in black communities, and have written MANNISH BOY to tell the story of two black males growing up in the heart of Brooklyn, New York.
MANNISH BOY reaches out to many relationships between family, friends, and acquaintances, both good and bad. The young protagonist BOBBY is abandoned by losing his older brother and hero TOMMY to prison. Upon Tommy’s release six years later, he finds Bobby has grown up seeking guidance in the wrong places, and must now battle through much more than just police brutality to get his brother back.