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Production began on the new digital series, Manny, the story of a professional boxer who has a red and sparkly secret: he’s a cross-dressing singer at a local nightclub.  Produced by David C Connolly of burgeoning film studio Films By David, Manny shines a light on the many gender barriers saturating society. 


The breakout series follows the story of Manny Connor, who, under the rigorous training of his father, a former naval officer and boxer, became a dedicated fighter in his own right. His success was not without cost: his commitment caused isolation from his family. In the wake of his mother’s tragic passing, he is overcome with guilt over their strained relationship. He finds an outlet for his sadness by dressing as his mother and living vicariously through her while performing at a local lounge. The first season will illustrate the journey of Manny as he goes from solitary boxer to breakout star of his own life. 


The television series is an extension of David Connolly’s short film Manny and the Bell, which was released in 2014 and won the Best Shorts Competition Award of recognition and Depth of Field International Film Festival Competition in 2015. Expanding on the original storyline on the short film, the digital series, not yet signed to any network, will follow the protagonist through his daily life as a boxer with a hidden passion for the stage.  


“Manny is the story of all of us,” says producer, writer and creator, David Connolly. “We all have a part of our true selves that we are terrified to reveal, that we are afraid will be judged. Our hope is that Manny will inspire everyone to pursue individuality, no matter the social consequences.” 

The series pilot will complete post-production by Fall 2017. Emmy award winning cinematographer Larry McKee, who is best known for his work with Sam Houston: American Statesman, Soldier and Pioneer is the director of photography for the first season. Kat, Manny’s confidant and the owner of the nightclub where Manny performs as a lady in crimson, will be played by revered social media starlet, TS Madison, who was recently dubbed as one of 11 Out Social Media Personalities You Should Know by NBC News.com. Justyn Bradley will play Manny Connor while Dan Braverman will portray Tommy, Manny’s boxing manager and trainer. Skyla Dawn and William Esparza round out the cast as Manny’s mother and brother. Manny is written by Kevin Bui and based on the original story by David Connolly, David Lauritz and Kevin Bui. Select roles are still in casting.  




About Films By David  

Located in the heart of Houston, Texas, Films by David curates innovative content fueled by powerful commentary on society and culture. Founder David C. Connolly is career-long airline representative who decided to pursue his life-long passion for film and cinematography in 2011. His other works include Mugger B Gone and Second Chance, which won a Silver Remi Award and an Official Selection. Learn more about the current projects at www.filmsbydavid.com.

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