Locals rolled out the red carpet on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 12 for the world premiere of 'Wilderness to World Class' a film about Holland, Mich.

"I would have never thought we would have come to this, but the final product is so great," film mastermind and chair of the Holland Film Group, Howard Veneklasen, said.

"It is a reflection of our community, where we've been, where we are and where we're going."

The documentary is a feature piece that was 17 months in the making, garnering roughly $150,000 in support.

"The film is about why Holland is the success story that it is and always has been," Veneklasen, said. "Rather than just a history lesson, it informs people about the city, why exactly it is such a success."

It's a success Veneklasen would like to see carried on by this film.

"I think it's going to be something that has some longevity in our community," he added. "Our particular interest is it gets shown in the educational community, primarily at the high school level, to show our kids the kind of community they live in, inform, and hopefully inspire."

So what's the secret to Holland's success?

"I can't tell you without you coming to the movie," Veneklasen, mentioned with a chuckle.

If you want to catch 'Wilderness to World Class' it will be showing for free at the Knickerbocker Theatre in Holland, Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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