Wilmington filmmakers to premiere film on Friday

WILMINGTON, OH (FOX19) - The filmmakers behind the recently-released independent documentary I'm Fine, Thanks are set to premiere their film on Friday, Aug. 10, at the historic Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, OH, hometown to three of the film's five crew members.

I'm Fine, Thanks is a collection of stories on the choices we make and the paths we ultimately decide to follow. And — most importantly — whether or not that path is truly connected to who we are as individuals.

First-time director and Wilmington native Grant Peelle narrates the film from the perspective of a fledgling filmmaker acting on his long-held passion to make movies.

Together with four other crew members and a trusty van, Peelle takes the audience on a 42 day, 10,000 mile road trip to capture stories of complacency and triumph from all across the country.

"For 15 years I had placed my dreams on hold, choosing to create a 'responsible' life instead of chasing my dream to be a filmmaker. This movie is my stand against complacency. It is a dream come true," said Peelle.

The film was financed through a record-setting fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, the popular crowd-funding platform.

The crew raised $114,000 through the support of more than 4,400 backers — more than any documentary in Kickstarter history.

The film opened to sold-out crowds in Portland, New York and Los Angeles in July and will begin appearing at film festivals internationally this fall.

"It was obvious from the start that this film carries a message that resonates with thousands and thousands of people," Peelle said.

Told through a collection of intimate, hilarious and at-times heartbreaking stories from a cross section of America, I'm Fine, Thanks is a "coming of age" movie for the already "of age." It's a rally cry for personal empowerment and a wake-up call to anyone who is driving through life asleep at the wheel.

Tickets for the Wilmington premiere can be purchased for $5 at www.cranktank.com. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. and has a run time of approximately 75 minutes.