CITY OF BESSEMER, ALABAMA
Arts & Entertainment

Over 1,000 Show Up For Red Carpet Premiere For “Run The Race” Filmed On Location In Bessemer & Birmingham Held At Bessemer Premiere 14 Promenade (Pics and Trailer)      Article reprinted with permission from The Cutoff News. Last night, Bessemer Premiere 14 Promenade was transformed into a scene right out of Hollywood as over 1,000 people showed up for the Red Carpet Premiere of the new  movie “Run The Race.” Several of the stars were on hand for the premiere and took pictures with moviegoers as they walked the red carpet. The Bessemer Academy band was set up in the entry to welcome people coming into the theater. The red carpet is hosted by Extras Casting Birmingham. In theaters Feb. 22, “Run The Race” shows what’s possible when you run to—instead of from—the overwhelming love of God. “Run The Race” takes place around a fictional town called Bessemer and filming took place at Bessemer Academy and locations around Bessemer and Birmingham. Among movies that have filmed in Bessemer in the past two years are:
  • Trading Paint, starring John Travolta (2018)
  • Into the Ashes, starring Frank Grillo (2018)
  • Truth or Dare, SyFy channel (2017)
  • Live, Starring Aaron Eckhart (2018). Scene shot in Bessemer.
  • Embattled (2018). Scene shot in Bessemer.
  • Hell on the Border, in production (2019)
  • Out of the Fight, in production (2019)
Tim Tebow, Heisman Trophy winner, national champion, NFL veteran, and professional baseball player, can now add “filmmaker” to his impressive list of accomplishments. Tebow and his brother Robby are executive producers of the new film “Run The Race,” telling the inspiring, fictional story of two high school athlete brothers who see their relationship tested as they seek different paths out of their troubled lives. “Run The Race” marks the Tebow brothers’ first foray into feature films. “Run The Race is about so much more than football. This is a story about overcoming the hard issues of life, about the power of sacrifice, the power of family, and the power of forgiveness,” Tim Tebow said. “ I love being a part of a project like this because it will impact lives, inspire hope, and even prompt action. When I read the script, I knew this was an important project to get behind.” “The script pulled me in right away, and I wanted to bring it to life cinematically,” Robby Tebow said. “ As somebody with brothers in a big, super-close family that has gone through a lot together, it resonated with me on a deep level.” “Run The Race” stars Mykelti Williamson (FENCES, FORREST GUMP) as the boys’ coach, Frances Fisher (TITANIC, UNFORGIVEN) as their surrogate mother, Tanner Stine (NCIS, HBO’s Here & Now ) as Zach and Evan Hofer ( Kickin’ It ) as David. The supporting cast includes Kristoffer Polaha, Mario Van Peebles and Heisman-winner Eddie George, along with many others. From Reserve Entertainment and 10th Leper Productions, the film is produced by Darren Moorman, Jake McEntire, and Ken Carpenter; directed by Chris Dowling (WHERE HOPE GROWS); and co-written by McEntire, Dowling, and Jason Baumgardner. To read more, visit The Cutoff News.
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City Life

The city of Bessemer’s crime rate has continued its downward trend, dropping for a seventh consecutive year in 2018. The city experienced a six percent drop in violent crimes from 2017 to 2018, including a 33 percent drop in homicides (eight in 2018 compared to 12 in 2017), according to Bessemer Police Department statistics. The city experienced three percent drops in burglaries and felony assaults. Mayor Kenneth Gulley said the results show crime-fighting initiatives in the city are working, but he added, there is still room for improvement. “Unfortunately, there is still much to be done in the area of law enforcement not only in Bessemer but throughout America,” Gulley said. “Going forward we will direct more focus on property crimes such as burglaries, vehicle theft and vehicle break-ins.  Many of these crimes are crimes of opportunity.” There were modest increases in some property crimes. There were 120 reported robberies in 2018 compared to 112 in 2017 and five more cases of unlawful breaking and entering of vehicles in 2018 as compared to 2017. The 12 homicides in 2017 marked the first time since 2011 (11) that there were double-digit homicides in the city. Between 2012 and 2016, the city averaged five homicides a year, down from double-digit averages the previous five years. A homicide is classified as the death of one person at the hands of another and can include police-related incidents and cases later ruled justifiable. Gulley said the police department will continue to create programs aimed at prevention, especially among youth. The Bessemer Police Department sponsored a Teen Summit earlier this month as part of its efforts to steer youth away from crime. Gulley urged the community to stay involved in efforts to address crime in the city. “Our police department will continue with our city-wide programs aimed at engaging our youth concerning conflict resolution,” he said. “I am appealing to our faith based community, non-profit organizations, schools and parents to assist me in this battle against violence in our city. We have to find strategies to deter our citizens from crime.”
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