Akron: '25 Hill' movie to premiere at Italian Festival

2:43 PM, May 20, 2011   |    comments
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AKRON -- Actor/director/producer Corbin Bernsen will premiere his Soap Box Derby-themed movie in Akron at July's downtown Italian Festival.

Bernsen and co-star Tim Omundson will be here this Friday (May 20) to discuss plans for the world premiere event July 9-10 with Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and representatives from the All American Soap Box Derby.

Omundson, who stars with Bernsen in "25 Hill" as well as in the USA Network hit "Psych," will share his memories of filming in his wife's hometown. Omundson is married to Allison Cowley, a graduate of Firestone High School.

The movie was filmed primarily in Greater Akron last spring and summer with more than 1,000 area residents serving as extras in the film.

It focuses on a young soap box derby racer determined to save the withering event on behalf of his dead soldier father.

The premiere will take place at 8 p.m. July 9  at The Civic in downtown Akron. The movie will also be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, to accommodate families with younger children.

Prices, to be announced Friday, are for DVD-ticket combination packages. The packages will only be able to be ordered online via the film's 25 Hill website.

Audience members on both days will receive programs to commemorate this special event.

"25 Hill" is about 11-year-old Trey Caldwell (Nathan Gamble of "Dark Knight") whose dreams of Derby victory fade when his father, Thomas, played by Omundson  is killed fighting in Afghanistan.

But Trey begins to rebuild those dreams with the help of a reluctant hero, a one-time derby champ Roy (Bernsen), who is contending with his own terrible heartbreak.

A deep friendship is forged and wounds are healed under the dim light of a backyard garage, but the duos hopes are threatened when the Derby's demise appears imminent.

Bernsen was inspired to write the screenplay after reading a story in USAToday in September about the All American Soap Box Derby's financial difficulties.

Since then, Bernsen not only wrote the script but raised the funds, primarily out of Akron, to make the film, a venture of Bernsen's independent film company, Team Cherokee Productions.

The Derby received 10 percent of the film's budget as a licensing fee, as will be receiving a portion of future revenues Los Angeles-based Team Cherokee Productions is engaged in the development, production and marketing of both film and television for specifically targeted audiences.                                  


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