Uptown Film Festival hosts charity VIP event and Machine Gun Preacher

For its second full night, the Uptown Film Festival did not disappoint. A VIP charity event was held at 7pm, with a screening of Machine Gun Preacher, originally in Detroit theaters in November 2011, to follow. An"afterglow" party following the screening was held at the new What Crepe near the theater.

Machine Gun Preacher stars Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan, among others, and half of the movie was shot in Detroit. The film is based on the real life story of Sam Childers (played by Butler), an ex-con who decides to reform his life and help children in Africa. He divides his time between there and his family in Pennsylvania, and ends up building a church and orphanage for the children, as well as hoping to fight the LRA, a resistance army that has been massacring large amounts of people in Africa.

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Uptown Film Festival poster
UFF t-shirts being sold
Cupcakes at the VIP charity event
Charity event-goers
Welcome board
Steve Blackwood and his wife. Steve had a small role in
Machine Gun Preacher and got to interact with Gerard Butler in the scene

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