WARREN "Warren: The Retelling," a documentary created to refute negative images of the city, will premiere Thursday at The Hippodrome.
Filmmaker Tom Ross, owner of Clear Choice Creative in Warren, interviewed more than 60 people for the documentary, and he turned away probably another 40 people who contacted him.
"I didn't want to end up with 50 hours of footage," Ross said.
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Clear Choice Creative CEO Tommy Ross, center, and video manager Brad Kolasinski, right, along with web designer Nelson Crain, left, talk on a September afternoon about the making of the documentary ‘‘Warren the Retelling.’’
The documentary runs about 52 minutes and features interviews with politicians, business owners, community activists and others who believe Warren's present and future are brighter than some perceive it.
"I wanted to do something positive for the city," Ross said. "It's a response to all of the negative that is out there."
After originally announcing an admission fee, the premiere now will be free and open to the public.
When you go
WHAT: Premiere of the documentary "Warren: The Retelling"
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday with movie around 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Hippodrome, 150 High St. N.E., Warren
HOW MUCH: Admission is free.
"I wanted it to be free all along. We were only going to charge so we could have wine and hors d'oeuvres, but we're not going to have that now," he said. "People shouldn't have to pay to see something positive."
Thursday's event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature live music by Tom Soini and an art show before the movie is shown around 8 p.m.
Artist Aaron Chine, who is featured in the documentary, said he recruited about 13 local artists who each will show one to three pieces.
"Some have only been painting for a year or two, others have been at it for awhile," Chine said. "It's a nice mix."
Chine also will unveil at the event a portrait of Warren Mayor Doug Franklin that he was commissioned to paint. He was approached by Warren Councilman Eddie Colbert, D-Ward 7, about two months ago about doing a portrait that will hang in City Hall. Warren Photographer Sarah Bokone took pictures of Franklin that Chine used to create the portrait.
The mayor will be at Thursday's screening, so Chine decided to unveil the work there. Chine, who lives downtown, is featured in the documentary and is supporter of the project.
"I thought it was cool to shed some light on Warren," he said. "And I was glad he included artists and not just politicians and businessmen."
After the movie's premiere, Ross plans to make the movie available for free online, and he will take pre-orders at the event for a DVD for those who want a physical copy. The DVD will be priced to primarily cover manufacturing costs.
"I'm not trying to make a dime on it," he said.