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2013-03-28 / Scene

Ron Finch That’s All You Get

Local filmmakers’ documentary premiers tonight in Royal Oak
BY JACOB HUNSANGER
810-452-2609 • jhunsanger@mihomepaper.com


Filmmakers Ken Germaine (left) and Danny Grinnell. 
Photo by Jacob Hunsanger Filmmakers Ken Germaine (left) and Danny Grinnell. Photo by Jacob Hunsanger ROYAL OAK — The red carpet is rolling out tonight for local filmmakers Danny Grinnell and Ken Germaine. Their film, Ron Finch That’s All You Get, premiers at 7 p.m. tonight at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak.

The film is a documentary, telling the life story of Michigan motorcycle legend and artist Ron Finch. Born and raised in Royal Oak, Finch made international headlines as early as the 1960s with his revolutionary custom motorcycles and artwork — a passion he still continues to this day.

The film was written and directed by Grinnell and produced by Germaine, who first met Finch when they built a motorcycle together in 1968. The two local filmmakers teamed up to tell Finch’s story, a project over two years in the making.

It’s been a long process to get to tonight, said Grinnell, from planning to filming, and then from editing to promoting the movie, but now that the premier has finally come, “it feels wonderful.”


Motorcycle legend Ron Finch, subject of the documentary, stands will one of his custom motorcycles. 
Photo provided Motorcycle legend Ron Finch, subject of the documentary, stands will one of his custom motorcycles. Photo provided “It’s the story of an artist and the struggle to remain an artist,” said the filmmakers, who are understandably proud of their work.

Ron Finch That’s All You Get tells the story of Finch’s early childhood and his decision to not work at the automotive plant like his father, but instead follow his own path — something Grinnell said mirrors his own life. The film then follows Finch on a historic tour of his life, with locations, artwork and motorcycles, and interviews with colorful characters who worked with Finch along the way.

The film itself has something for everyone, including motorcycle history and building, local history, heartwarming personal stories and a showcase of incredible artwork by a true original.

Grinnell, Germaine, and Finch will all be present at the screening of Ron Finch That’s All You Get on Thursday night. Tickets for the premier screening are on sale for $7, and are being sold through the theater box office or online at tickets.landmarktheatres.com.

The Main Art Theatre is located at 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak. For more information about the film or to view the trailer, go online to www.ronfinchmovie.com.

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