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A suspense-filled documentary that investigates the alleged con artist and former film festival director Marie Castaldo. Read more

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A suspense-filled documentary that investigates the alleged con artist and former film festival director Marie Castaldo.

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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Marie's arrest for animal cruelty

Hi folks,

Just 8 days left on our campaign! Thank you for all your support, and please keep spreading the word. The more people who learn about the film, the more likely we are to be successful! 
 
As you know, our documentary is primarily focused on Marie Castaldo and the many film-related scandals that she was involved with, but perhaps the most surprising turn of events in this whole story didn't involve film at all--it involved Marie being arrested for 47 counts of animal cruelty. 

Today, we are sharing this interview clip with Adam Saunders, an SPCA investigator and self-described “dog cop” from upstate New York, who was part of the investigation that ended with Marie’s arrest on animal neglect charges. 

Throughout the time that we were researching Marie and interviewing people who knew her, we kept hearing that she had an unusual attachment to dogs. People told us that Marie always had seven or eight dogs living with her, and that she shared a bed with all of them.

But because Dan and I had been focusing primarily on Marie’s exploits with film festivals and film companies, her arrest on animal neglect charges came as a complete shock to us. We were stunned. 

In Adam Saunders' interview, he explains that Marie was being paid by rescue groups in Manhattan to foster dogs, so the more dogs she could take, the more money she made. According to most accounts, this is how she ended up with 47 dogs packed into one small room. 

When we interviewed Marie, however, she spoke emotionally of her love for dogs, and how she was only trying to help the dogs she rescued. And yet it was ultimately her dog hoarding and neglect that led to her arrest on fraud charges and her deportation. The story of the dogs is one of many that we plan to investigate further in the next year. 

Thank you so much for watching, for your generosity, and for making this film possible!


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Contrasting views on Marie Castaldo -- new video clips!

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