Warren shown in positive light
A documentary designed to focus on the positive aspects of life in Warren will have its premiere in November.
Clear Choice Creative CEO Tommy Ross, who is making the documentary ”Warren the Retelling,” posted a three-minute trailer on YouTube Friday that ends with a release date – Nov. 7. The trailer also will be shown Monday as part of the Kinsman House Gala from 6 to 9 p.m.
Ross said details for the premiere still are being worked out, and he is considering a couple of different locations for the event.
”My goal is to have an art show before the documentary with some local artists and some local music,” Ross said.
A DVD release and online availability will take place after the premiere.
Ross still is working on the final cut of the movie, which will be between an hour and 90 minutes, far longer than he originally expected when he started the project.
”I was just sick and tired of the negative spin that Warren is getting,” he said. ”I was just going to do something to give back to the city, some positive testimonials, a little short film. It kind of took on its own life. I started getting calls from everybody who wanted to say the positive things they wanted to say about Warren.”
Ross ended up interviewing about 60 people, from local politicians and business leaders to artists and residents.
”There are a lot of grassroots movements I didn’t know about. It seems like it’s the business owners and the people who are pushing these things.”
Working on the project made Ross want to be part of the solution. He plans to open a sandwich shop called the Lime Tree on Courthouse Square next to the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber office on West Market Street. It is slated to open in October.
“Before the documentary, I don’t think I would have done it,” he said. “I think change starts with us, the people of the city.”