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Locals attend premier of ‘Only the Brave’ Friday

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Movie filmed in LA, features Granite Mountain Hotshots

By Tris DeRoma

For the Los Alamos Friday evening film premiere of “Only the Brave” at the Reel Deal Theater, there was no hoopla, brass bands or meet-and-greets with movie stars.
The movie documented the all-too-brief lives of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite team of wildland wildfire fighters based in Arizona who took on the June 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire.
Nineteen members of the 20-member team died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire June 30, 2013. The movie centered on the events leading up to the tragedy.
“Only the Brave,” is a Sony film starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly. It opened in fifth place this weekend, earning $6 million.
Since much of the movie was shot in Los Alamos, many of the extras who played in the movie came out Friday. The movie began playing at the theater earlier that day.
They were not disappointed by what they saw. So far, residents have given good reviews.
“I was worried that it was going to be too sad, but it turned out to be very poignant, too,” said Erika Gorman, who played an extra in one of the movie’s evacuation scenes.
Christy Conner was six months pregnant with her son Ryan when she got the call to be in the movie.


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