'Unconditional,' 'Brotherhood Ride' feature SW Florida connections

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The 2011 Brotherhood Ride has been turned into a documentary which opens in Naples on Tuesday.

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Daily News File The 2011 Brotherhood Ride has been turned into a documentary which opens in Naples on Tuesday.

Lynn Collins as Samantha Crawford and Diego Klattenhoff as Billy Crawford in scene from 'Unconditional.'

Lynn Collins as Samantha Crawford and Diego Klattenhoff as Billy Crawford in scene from "Unconditional."

Samantha Crawford is living a storybook life: she's happily married, she lives on a ranch where she keeps her beloved horse, and the stories she's ...

Rating: PG-13 for some violent content and mature thematic elements

Length: 97 minutes

Released: September 21, 2012 Limited

Cast: Lynn Collins, Michael Ealy, Bruce McGill, Kwesi Boakye, Diego Klattenhoff

Director: Brent McCorkle

Writer: Brent McCorkle

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Over the next two weeks, moviegoers will have the chance to catch two films with Southwest Florida connections.

"Unconditional" opens Friday, Sept. 21, at Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 in Naples and Regal Belltower Stadium 20 in Fort Myers. Naples High School alum Shannon Miller Atkins and her husband, Jason, were the executive producers.

In the film, Samantha Crawford's faith is challenged when her husband is murdered. During her quest to avenge his death she is reunited with Joe, an old friend who works with kids in an under-resourced neighborhood.

You can read more about Atkins and the film here

On Tuesday, "The Brotherhood Ride" has its world premiere at Silverspot Cinema. The documentary follows the 2011 Brotherhood Ride that set out from North Naples to ground zero in New York City to honor the 411 first responders who lost their lives on 9/11. The group of 37 cyclists included firefighters and other public safety officers from Southwest Florida.

During the 22-day ride, the riders faced challenges that included erratic weather and flooding in the Northeast from Hurricane Irene.

The journey also became a tribute to a team member from Louisiana who died while training for the ride.

At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 there will be a parade featuring the firefighters at the Mercato. The film will follow at 7 p.m.

Additional showings will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. A DVD of the film will be available Oct. 1.

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