From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
CLAY — A new movie, Tinker, with strong local ties, is set to debut on Nov. 29.
The movie stars Clay native and Hewitt-Trussville High School graduate Clayne Crawford and his son Colton Crawford. The majority of the movie was filmed in Clay and the surrounding areas, according to producers.
There will be a special release at the AMC Summit Theater on Nov. 29 prior to the international release. Tickets are limited and can be ordered online here.
The movie centers on Grady Lee Jr., played by Crawford, who is a struggling reclusive farmer who’s known to the local residents as a savant.
One morning, he enters his father’s office, a place he rarely goes, and discovers his late father’s secret Vietnam War-era journal. It contains in-depth research for a revolutionary machine, called Jack, based on Nikola Tesla’s theories and metaphysical science that could possibly change the world.
This sets him on an obsessive path of discovery. With the help of his only friend, Boudreaux, Grady begins work on the device.
This is soon interrupted when he receives a call informing him that his sister, Mary Ann, has passed away and he is to become the guardian of his gifted six-year-old nephew, Kai, played by Colton Crawford. Reluctantly, he accepts the responsibility.
Kai is a special child, but to Grady, the kid is a distraction. Unknowingly, Mary Ann has planned this moment for years and believes this will be the perfect environment for her son’s ability to mature and could be exactly what Grady needs to fulfill his dream.
You can watch the trailer here.
Born Joseph “Joey” Crawford, Clayne Crawford is the son of Brian and Lennie Crawford. He was a football player and wrestler at Hewitt-Trussville High School, where he graduated before moving to Los Angeles and embarking on a successful acting career.
Crawford has been active in philanthropy work for charitable causes through his non-profit organization, The Clayne Crawford Foundation, which provides assistance to women, children and veterans across the U.S.
Tinker is Crawford’s first major production since being dismissed from the Lethal Weapon series in May, where he played the role of Martin Riggs. Despite the dismissal, Crawford has remained outwardly supportive of his former castmates.