Dean Dimitrieski, author of multi-award winning autobiography Tears For My City; An Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy has shared with me, December 28, 2013, that filming based on his book will start next spring 2014. He has completed the screen play based on the book and Phil Wertzel of Friel Production is ready to start filming.
The true story of an newly landed immigrant white kid from Macedonia who, with his family, moves to the most dangerous neighborhood in Detroit. Tears For My City recreates what it was like to have lived in a neighborhood in which gunfire--at the height of gang violence in the 1970s--was not uncommon. Where children as early as fourth grade ran drugs and few ever escaped. He relates what it was like for a child of his age to have experienced the animosity he and his family experienced and were subjected to for being different.
Dimitrieski relates, “The neighborhood was the 48211 ZIP code — one of the most dangerous in the country in the ’70s and ’80s. I lived at 5315 McDougall between Frederick and Kirby on the south east side of Detroit. I lived in that neighborhood until I was about 19.”
With a crack house next door and gangs like Young Boys Incorporated fighting for control of the neighborhood, Dimitrieski struggled to keep himself and his family safe while refusing to join a gang -- even when most of his friends are already on the inside. Later he befriends two of Detroit's most wanted drug lords, one of whom becomes his mentor. Just when he feels he's starting to fit in, he becomes a witness to a horrific crime that shatters his American dream and the life he loved in Detroit and forces his family to flee without hesitation.
Tears For My City is an Amazon best seller and multi-award winner; winning best autobiography in the 2013 Paris Book Festival; runner up for best autobiography in the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival; and runner up for best autobiography in the 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival. It received honorable mention in the 2013 New England Book Festival. Most recently it won runner up for the London Book Festival for best autobiography.
A story told from a different perspective to people who may have shut their eyes to Detroit, Dimitrieski's tears happened when he left the city; the city he didn’t want to leave.. Wanting this movie to be shot in Detroit. Dimitrieski is certain Tears For My City; An Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy will inspire the rebirth of Detroit.