Traficant documentary to debut in March in Cleveland

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – A documentary about the life of Jim Traficant will debut at the Cleveland Film Festival on March 21, according to the festival’s website.

Former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. died in September at age 73 following a tractor accident on his family’s farm near Youngstown.

According to the movie’s page on the Cleveland Film Festival website, “Eric Murphy’s Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown depicts the turbulent career of Youngstown politico Jim Traficant.”

Actor Ed O’Neill helped raise funds to complete the documentary about the colorful congressman in his native northeast Ohio.

Warren native Murphy said in October he had a crowd-funding campaign to raise $17,500 to finish production and add a new ending to “Traficant: Congressman of Crimetown.”

O’Neill was interviewed for the documentary and added a narrative voice. Backers who pledge at least $2,500 got lunch with O’Neill, the veteran actor who’s in the TV comedy series “Modern Family.” O’Neill signed books, artwork and other items for $1,000 pledges.

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