by Pamela Cole
June 8, 2007 (ATLANTA) -- American Identity, a 39-minute
film by Atlanta native Stephen Rollins, had it's North American
premiere at a red carpet event at Landmark Midtown Cinemas on June
7. The film tells the story of how the events of 9/11 affected two
soldiers. Parts of the film were shot in Georgia and Alabama, and
included local cast and crew.
There were lots of cameras and videographers on hand for the event,
due to the rumored attendance of Bill and Hillary Clinton, and actors
Gene Hackman and Marisa Tomei. However, none were in attendance
(unless they snuck in after the lights went down).
The event was festive and exciting, especially for the lucky folks
who had chosen to dine outside at Apres Diem on the warm summer
evening, the restaurant next to Landmark Midtown. An honor guard
of military soldiers lined the red carpet as guests arrived.
The event was simulcast online live by producer and talk show host
Susan Thompson for The Susan Thompson Show. Thompson is also the
co-founder of the Andy Transplant Foundation (www.andytransplantfoundation.org),
an organization she founded in honor of her brother who died while
awaiting a liver transplant. The red carpet event was also billed
as a fundraiser for the Andy Transplant Foundation and audience
members were invited to make a donation as they left the theater.
American Identity screened as part the Short Film
Corner at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
For more information on American Identity, see the
2006 edition of Southern Screen Report.