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Prom night and graduation night can be some of the most memorable events of your teenage years — just make sure they are memorable in a good way.
Unfortunately for the students in the new film "Graduation Day," the night is something they would rather forget.
Sponsored by the Troy and Alana Pack Foundation, the short film looks at teenage drinking and driving with a modern perspective. The people are actors, but the film is made to seem more like reality TV than a scripted drama.
And for extra credibility, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather narrates and interviews characters in the film to grab the attention of both students and educators.
Mr. Pack and his wife, Carmen, created the foundation after their children, Troy, 10, and Alana, 7, were killed by a drunk driver in October 2003. They have been working with University of Southern California graduate film school alumni on the video for more than a year.
There are plans to send the film free-of-charge to 15,000 public and 5,000 private high schools throughout the country. Pack said he hopes to get copies to local schools prior to prom and graduation this school year.
The free film will premiere at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the East Bay Fellowship auditorium, 2615 Camino Tassajara, Danville.