On Thursday, for one night only, Tuscaloosa's Hollywood 16 movie theater will be one of around 900 movie venues, natonwide, that will feature the NASCAR-related film "Blink of an Eye." The showing here is at 7 p.m.
The film has already premiered and is running in New York City and will premiere in Los Angeles for a long run this week.
The documentary-feature movie is based on a book by the same name that tells the story of the unlikely friendship between the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., a NASCAR legend, and fellow driver Michael Waltrip who had never won a race in more than 400 tries before Earnhardt Sr. took him under his wing and made him a part of his team, along with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Waltrip won the 2001 Daytona 500, his first NASCAR victory, but it was a powerfully bittersweet milestone as that was the same race in which Dale Earnhardt Sr. crashed and died.
The film has a major West Alabama tie-in as Vernon native Mitch Covington is not only the film's co-producer, he composed the movie's theme song, also titled "In the Blink of an Eye." Covington was also the force behind getting the movie made.
Tickets to the movie may be purchased that day or, in advance, at the Tuscaloosa theater's box office on through its website, www.cobbtheatres.com/hollywood16.