By: Jill Fox
Parkland resident, Dan Solomon is putting himself on the map with the release of the feature film BIGGER.
This movie is the first-ever mainstream, scripted, theatrical feature about the bodybuilding world, and Solomon, a renowned fitness media veteran and co-executive producer on the film, is credited for bringing the key players together five years ago, laying the groundwork for the production.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with some incredible people over the years, but this experience was unlike any other. It was a true collaboration of the most talented and creative people I’ve ever been around,” said Solomon.
BIGGER is the real life story of fitness industry pioneer Joe Weider, the man recognized for introducing millions to the concept of building their bodies, long before fitness was accepted by society. Weider is perhaps best known for his discovery of a young Austrian named Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In an effort to support the community, Solomon arranged for a private screening with the proceeds benefiting Parkland Cares, an organization providing mental health support for survivors of the MSD tragedy, their families, and the community-at-large.
“Having an intimate screening of BIGGER for our Parkland family and friends is incredibly special. And it’s even more meaningful working with Parkland Cares to lend support for a great community organization.” said Solomon.
BIGGER tackles issues of Anti-Semitism, public skepticism as well as many other relatable storylines. The star-studded cast includes Tyler Hoechlin as Joe, Julianne Hough as Joe’s wife, Betty, Academy Award nominated actor Robert Forster, Victoria Justice and Tom Arnold among others.
Solomon, who also makes a cameo in the film, mentioned that not a day goes by that Parkland friends don’t ask him about the latest news on the movie. He feels that being able to host a screening in his hometown is a tip of the hat to Parkland residents that have consistently shown their support for the film while in the making.
“One of the things that makes Parkland so special is the way we support each other,” said Solomon.
A resident for nearly 10 years, he isn’t the only famous family member. Solomon’s wife Grace is a Parkland City Commissioner. They have an 11-year-old son, Nicholas.
After a private screening in Coconut Creek with the help of Parkland Cares, BIGGER will be released in select theaters on October 12.
Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She is currently a Senior Account Director at Lon Haber & Co., a leading full-service public relations firm. Fox worked as the Digital Marketing Manager for NBC Miami, and represented NBC Universal by acting as the Operations Manager for the South Florida Region of GE Women’s Network. A true Floridian, Fox grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Advertising from the University of Miami. She lives in Parkland with her husband, Brian and two children.