Local movie tour kicks off Friday

American Made Movie

American Made Movie

If You Go

Friday, Gwinnett County

Saturday, Birmingham, Ala.

Sunday, Tupelo, Miss.

Monday, Greenwood, Miss.

Tuesday, Nashville, Tenn.

Wednesday, St. Louis

Thursday, Milwaukee, Wis.

July 12, Chicago

July 13, Ann Arbor, Mich.

July 14, Cleveland, Ohio

July 15, Youngstown, Ohio

July 16, Louisville, Ky.

July 17, Indianapols, Ind.

July 18, Detroit, Mich.

July 19, East Aurora, New York

July 20, Elma, N.Y.

July 21, Niagra Falls, N.Y.

July 22, Warren, Pa.

July 23, Pittsburgh, Pa.

July 24, Bethlehem, Pa.

July 25, Bridgeport, Conn.

July 26, Middletown, Conn.

July 27, Boston, Mass.

July 28, Skowegan, Me.

July 29, Manhattan, N.Y.

July 30, Washington D.C.

July 31, Baltimore, Md.

Aug. 1, Asheville, N.C.

Aug. 2, Charlotte, N.C.

Aug. 3, Jacksonville, Fla.

Aug. 4, Gainesville, Fla.

Aug. 5, Atlanta

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Perhaps it's fitting that a film made by locals that examines America's manufacturing sector is kicking off so close to Independence Day.

It's no coincidence, said filmmaker and 1999 Dacula High School graduate Nathaniel McGill.

"What better way than right after the birth of America to launch the 'American Made Movie' tour?" said McGill, who co-directed the film with fellow Dacula graduate Vincent Vittorio.

The directors as well as executive producer and local philanthropist Clyde Strickland are asking the public to come out for a screening of the documentary following the Gwinnett Braves game Friday at CoolRay Field. Anybody who buys a ticket to the 7:05 p.m. game gets to watch the movie afterward.

"We're trying to get as many folks as we can interested," McGill said. "If we can have more and more people demanding American-made goods, companies are going to answer by creating the supply...it's all about letting people know what they can do. That's the difference in this and other documentaries: you can make a difference as an individual. There are real jobs that can be created."

According to its official website, "American Made Movie" is a documentary "examining the factors contributing to the decline of the American manufacturing workforce and the integral role consumerism plays in getting the economy back on track."

Strickland said he believes the film is "a seed that will save America."

"We've got to encourage Americans to buy American made products," Strickland said. "Doing that raises up the patriotism in you."

McGill said that's the idea. The 32-city tour will visit "hot spots where entrepreneurship or manufacturing has made a difference. By visiting these cities we're giving them the opportunity to highlight their strengths."

Tickets for Friday's event can be purchased at the box office. The stadium is located at 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. The event will include a pre-game "tailgating" event for the movie as well as the actual screening following the G-Braves game.

For more information, visit www.americanmademovie.org.