[Credit: The Inner Circle]

[Credit: The Inner Circle | The Inner Circle Behind The Scenes]

By Sydney B.

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Detroit is known as the birthplace of many things. It appears that the city has taken on a growing interest in the industry of filmmaking.

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a private screening of the pilot for the one-hour drama, The Inner Circle.  Filmed in Detroit, this gripping series focuses on a cluster of unforeseen circumstances that all have resulted with one thing in common…drug addiction. The plot centers around seven individuals from different backgrounds looking to not only recover from their addiction, but to also create a better life for their future.

“We wanted to give everyone a good story that people will be able to attract to,” says Paris Jones.

[Credit: The Inner Circle]

[Credit: The Inner Circle]

Local Filmmaker Paris Jones and Co-Executive Producer Shiek Mahmud-Bey were the masterminds behind this project. The Detroit Recovery Project sponsored the all-male rehabilitation center that was used for the set.

Prior to production, the cast members spent at least one night at the center where they could see just what it’s like to have to live temporarily in a rehabilitation center.

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“During the tapings there would be times when the set would get very emotional,” said Sarah Burcon who plays Holly Harper.

To deliver a sense of realness through their acting, the cast had the chance to speak with various men who have been through the program at the Detroit Recovery Project. Their stories enabled the actors and actresses to play their roles precisely as expected.

The creators of this original series hope that with the right team of actors, actresses, and a local network partner, this will be one series that you’ll be able to watch for years to come.

Check out the full trailer below:


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Hey There! My name is Sydney B. and I am a student at Western Michigan University majoring in Film, Video and Media Studies with a minor in Apparel Merchandising. I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Outside of being a student during the academic year, I’m an intern for CBS/CW50 Television network station and the WALK Fashion Show brand ambassador by day and a retail sales associate for True Religion Brand Jeans in the evening. I have a passion for entertainment and I’m always looking to feature the next big story on my blog. I also enjoying writing for my personal blog, The Social B., and hosting my web show. My favorite quote: “In order to succeed, your desire for success has to be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby. Always remember…Be Honest. Be Humble. Be YOU!