BY JULIE HINDS
FREE PRESS POP CULTURE WRITER
Want to do something special for Saturday's debut of Lifetime's "America"? The cable movie, which was filmed in and around Detroit, has inspired two local fund-raisers this weekend.
The St. Peter's Home for Boys will have a screening that starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
The Detroit residential facility for displaced boys was one of the locations used in "America," an adaptation of an acclaimed teen novel that follows a young man's journey through foster care.
St. Peter's also provided some cast members. One of the therapists at the home, LeShone Hall, plays a therapist in the movie and several of the boys who live there served as extras.
Philip Johnson, 17, who was discovered by Rosie O'Donnell at Small Plates restaurant in Detroit and cast in the title role of America, is expected to attend the St. Peter's benefit with his family.
The Detroit teen has received good reviews from publications like Entertainment Weekly, which described his performance as raw and moving.
"We're going to make it a whole big red carpet thing," says Gregory Everett, executive director of St. Peter's. "We'll have lights, cameras. We want to have a little bit of Hollywood in Detroit."
General admission is $25, but there also are tickets for $50, $75 and $100 that include perks like photos with cast members. For tickets, call 313-846-6942 or e-mail email@example.com.