Shot, edited, animated, directed by Myles David Jewell
Before there was a string of brutal stranglings in the 1960's, Phil DiNatale was mostly a mix between cop and father, and the one thing that would pull him away from his family was the thing he felt kept them the most safe- investigating crime.
music by The Rolling Stones "Midnight Rambler."
Obituary of Phil DiNatale: Yankee Magazine 1987 "Goodbye to a good detective." By James Dodson
Archival Footage: "The Big Sleep," dir. by Howard Hawks (1946) "Murder my Sweet," dir by Edward Dmytryk (1944)
STRANGLEHOLD "the Series" is a footnote to the feature documentary, STRANGLEHOLD: In the Shadow of the Boston Strangler.
The web series will be released on a monthly basis starting in 2013.
ABOUT: In an investigation, every bit of information makes it into a case file, unlike in storytelling, were select story lines are followed and others left on the cutting room floor. As a result, this web-based series is an attempt to self-produce and self-publish as much of the investigation of Phil DiNatale and his involvement as a lead investigator on the case of the Boston Strangler. Through the form of short videos, and in the vein of an investigation, this series is our families effort to get Detective DiNatale's story into the public sphere. Entirely self-produced and self-distributed, our aim is to tell Phil's side of the investigation as it should be told, in full, while using cold hard documentation.
About the documentary: STRANGLEHOLD- In the Shadow of the Boston Strangler
TRT 80 min
Release date September 24, 2012 @ the Boston Film Festival
Winner Best Editing @ BFF 2012
Synopsis: In the 1960's, filmmaker Myles Jewell's grandfather, Phil DiNatale, worked relentlessly as an investigator on the case of the Boston Strangler. But despite Phil's meticulous investigative efforts, the case got caught in Boston's political cross hairs and was never officially solved. Now, fifty years later, Myles plunges headfirst into his grandfather's immense homemade detective archive to reveal never-before-seen details about the strangler investigation. Part historical film, part personal documentary, and part whodunit, Stranglehold tells the story of a beat cop turned famed detective, Phil DiNatale, and the long-lasting effect his investigative legacy had on his family for generations.