|Updated: 4/05 9:54 am
||Published: 4/04 8:05 pm
As the state of Oklahoma fights to keep its rebate incentive going for filmmakers, Tulsa rolled out the red carpet tonight for the movie, "Home Run."
It’s about a baseball star driven by ambition, but haunted by painful memories. Much of the film was shot in Tulsa and Okmulgee. The movie features local hotspots like the BOK Center, Drillers Stadium and the Okmulgee Hospital.
Carol Mathews is the executive producer for the movie has spent the last three years working to draw moviegoers to her film.
"When you spend on Oklahoma products, Oklahoma people and Oklahoma, then you get 35% back from the state and 37% if you have it scored here,” says Mathews.
And that’s exactly what she did. Her husband, Scott did the score for the film.
Actor, Scott Elrod plays Cory Brand. He’s a baseball star who leaves his career in the balance to face painful memories of his past.
"You're going to find something in it that connects with you,” says Elrod.
His sports agent is played by Vivica A. Fox, who will do whatever it takes to get her start client back in the ballgame.
"I jumped at the opportunity to play a role that was different and I love sports and I'm from the Midwest, and the fact that we were filming in Oklahoma made it so much more enticing,” says Fox.
Movies, like "Home Run," are a big boost to our local economy with the renting of equipment and locations as well as the hiring of talent and extras. Producer Tom Newman hopes to keep Oklahoma’s film business alive.
“We believe movies like Home Run reflect well upon our state. It's got great family values and great spiritual value and I think it represents Oklahoma well,” says Newman.
Opening weekend really sets the tone of how well a movie will do. This film opens in select theaters nationwide on April 19th.