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Movie makers tour Gwinnett

Special Photo From left, Clyde Strickland, Sandra Stirckland, Eliott Brack, George Winton and Nathan McGill pose for a photo outside a tour bus touting "American Made Movie."

Special Photo From left, Clyde Strickland, Sandra Stirckland, Eliott Brack, George Winton and Nathan McGill pose for a photo outside a tour bus touting "American Made Movie."

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The local makers of a documentary about America's manufacturing sector celebrated the start of a cross-country tour that kicked off Friday morning in Gwinnett County.

To mark the occasion, "American Made Movie" directors and 1999 Dacula High School graduates Nathaniel McGill and Vincent Vittorio toured area factories that produce American-made goods, including Winton Machine in Suwanee.

Owner George Winton said that people "need to think deeper about their products the way manufacturers do ... people should take a little time to learn who makes their products."

That's the message that executive director Clyde Strickland wants to get out through the film as well. He referred to the movie as "a seed that will save America."

Beginning Friday, Strickland and the film's directors set off on a 32-city tour over a period of 32 days. McGill said the tour through Gwinnett County was "a great start."

"We've just been cruising through Gwinnett County, checking out the manufacturing spots. We're having a bite to eat, then we're headed to Coolray Field," McGill said.

A special screening of the documentary was scheduled for Friday night at Coolray Field. Those who bought tickets to the game got to watch the film afterward.

For more information, including release dates, visit www.theamericanmademovie.com.