Community leaders make the call on ‘Home Run’ movie

By Riley Manning/NEMS Daily Journal

SALTILLO – Community leaders assembled Tuesday night at NorthStar Church in Saltillo for an invitation-only prescreening of an unreleased baseball film, “Home Run.”
Sponsored by Christian rehab programCelebrate Recovery, the screening hoped to garner enough support to bring the movie to mainstream theaters upon its release in April of 2013.
Starring Scott Elrod, Dorian Brown and Vivica A. Fox, “Home Run” is the story of wild card professional baseball player Cory Brand (Elrod), who finds himself suspended from his team for his drunken antics. Stranded back in his Oklahoma hometown, Brand is forced to attend the only rehab program in town, Celebrate Recovery, and help coach his brother’s little league baseball team.
Though he initially brushes off the program, it becomes more enticing to him as the wounds of his childhood are reopened through memories of his father.
The prescreening was part of the movie’s promotional campaign “Batting 1,000,” which promises to release the film on its opening weekend in any town with an eight-screen theater or larger and the guarantee that at least 1,000 tickets will be sold. At the showing’s conclusion, audience members completed a brief survey to be reviewed by the movie’s producers to decide if enough interest exists to warrant releasing the film.
Eric Garner, ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery in Saltillo, brought “Home Run” to Lee County. Though Celebrate Recovery will receive no monetary cut of the film’s earnings, Garner said the movie will benefit the program by raising awareness and make people more open to the idea of rehab.
“People need to understand that the time of hiding behind an addiction is over,” he said.
Celebrate Recovery is built on the structure of Alcoholics Anonymous, and helps participants deal with everything from addiction to abuse to codependency.
But the movie is not intended solely for people dealing with addiction. Scott Gann, coach of Houston High School’s baseball team, thought the movie would be relevant for his players, as the main character is being influenced by everyone from his high school flame to his public relations agent.
“It shows everyday life struggles,” he said. “Lots of kids feel like they are being pulled in different directions.”
riley.manning@journalinc.com