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Docuseries about 2008 Mortgage Scandal Includes Scenes Shot in Youngstown

By Guy D’Astolfo

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — “The Con,” a docuseries about the 2008 financial meltdown that includes scenes shot in Youngstown and Akron, will premiere Aug. 5 on streaming outlets.

A true-crime series in five parts, “The Con” takes an in-depth look at the fraudulent mortgage-lending practices that brought on a recession, and puts a human face on its victims. Using interviews with experts and news footage, it uncovers those responsible and how they did it.

Several scenes were shot in an office suite in the 20 Federal Place building in downtown Youngstown, and also in Akron. Dozens of local actors were used in the scenes, which recreate the offices of mortgage brokers, and include a raid by police.

Written and directed by Eric Vaughan of Akron, “The Con” was produced by Patrick Lovell of Park City, Utah. Adam Bronfman is executive producer. Melanie Clarke-Penella of Youngstown, and Alexander Tennent of Akron, are also producers; Cindy DiRusso of Youngstown is associate producer.

With many Americans in a precarious financial situation due to job cutbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a vital time to release “The Con,” DiRusso said.

To watch the trailer and the first episode, go to TheCon.tv and register. The episode will also be streamed on the docuseries’ Facebook page. The first episode is free. The remaining four episodes will be available to view for a fee at any streaming platform, including Google Play and iTunes.

“We went into this expecting to create an in-depth feature documentary about the causes and effects of 2008, but once we started piecing the story together it became apparent that the story was far too big for one ninety-minute feature,” said Vaughan and Lovell, in a statement published in The Hollywood Reporter. “’The Con’ is a culmination of six years of work putting together the entire true story of the Great Financial Crisis and how the corrosive energy of the forces at work imperil us to this very day.”

Abramorama is the distributor of “The Con.”

Pictured: Director Eric Vaughn, center, gives instruction to actors David Gregg, left, and Kwai Daniels while shooting a scene for “The Con” in the 20 Federal Place building in downtown Youngstown.

Posted July 30, 2020.

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