RIPLEY - Cottageville native and current Charleston resident Josh Miller has had one crazy month.
While preparing for his documentary Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey to premier in Ripley's historic Alpine Theater on July 4, he has been responding to press requests that included newspapers, magazines, bloggers and even a nationally televised interview with ABC News.
Miller's compelling film saw him travel the United States for thirty days using only American made products to the best of his ability. Along the way he interviewed economists, politicians and leaders in the manufacturing of USA made products.
As the rain pelted down on music fans of The Zappers on the Jackson County Courthouse lawn, the Alpine Theater slowly but surly filled up to capacity (110) for the debut of Miller's first film.
After all, choosing to debut the film on a day that so much is going on in the county was a risky move. The filmmaker could have held premier in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles.
"With the weather so bad and with all of the festivities today, I am very thankful and fortunate that we had a wonderful turnout. I am very proud that the film is premiering in Jackson County. Most people think it is easier to do this in front of family and friends. For me, it is more difficult to do during the screening. The warm welcome prior and the kindness after made for a perfect day," said Miller.
The genius of Miller and producer Ron Newcomb's work is that by sprinkling just enough humor into the film they were able to capture the audience and give the film an organic, earthy feel that helped ease the process of watching a film with a lot of dialogue as the viewer is never bored. It allowed the viewer to get to know Josh Miller, which is very important for a documentary such as this one.
The film weaves brilliantly in and out of Miller's daily struggles to find USA made products for his own personal use and intense, galvanizing conversations with respected politicians and economists.
Miller takes no political stance and refreshingly deals strictly with the facts. The film would be a wonderful tool for educators on virtually all levels to use for inspiration and educational purposes in classrooms across the nation.
Regardless of your political stance or vested interest in imported goods into the United States, you will find this film informative and thought provoking, to say the least.
Miller, who was a standout baseball player at Ravenswood High School and West Virginia State University, achieved the equivalent of a rookie mashing a grand slam in his first at bat in the major leagues. Miller's first film has set the bar high for what will likely be an exciting journey for the 28-year old writer.
Page 2 of 2 - Later this week in Dayton Ohio, the film will debut in front of 150 viewers at "The Neon". You can purchase a DVD of the film or download it for only $4.99 through Miller's web site www.usa30days.com.