TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Homepage

October 8, 2010

Company producing movie about former Redhound football player

CORBIN — By Megan Williamson/Staff Writer

Touchdown Productions of Tampa, Fla., has spent the week in Corbin filming the town for an upcoming  movie about former Corbin High School Redhound Travis Freeman.

When Freeman was 12, he got a sinus infection which eventually led to meningitis, causing him to go blind. Freeman, though, had a dream of playing football for the Redhounds, and eventually did so by playing center throughout his high school career.

Between huddles, teammates would help Freeman to and from his position on the field so he could snap the ball for his team, play after play, under then Corbin football coach Mike Whitaker.

The production company’s owners, Corbin natives and friends of the Freeman family, Vin and Toni Hoover, originally got the idea for the movie two years ago. They began creating a script.

The crew has now spent six days filming around Corbin, including iconic features of the town like the water tower, two Corbin football games, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Main Street, Pepsi, Corbin High School and CSX, according to film producer Andy Wells.

Prior to leaving Corbin, Touchdown Productions will contact a casting director, most likely out of Los Angeles, which will be responsible for hiring actors for the film to portray key roles including the main character, Travis Freeman, his mother, Mary Freeman, father, Larry Freeman and football coaches.

“This (movie) will include recognizable talent,” Wells said.

Wells said the crew will return for three to six weeks in April to finish filming. At that time, local residents will have a chance to be extras. Information will be released closer to those filming dates for those interested in being extras.

After production finishes about May, Wells said it could take from six months to a year before the movie is released to art house theaters, the nearest of which is The Kentucky Theatre in Lexington.

“The people of Corbin have been fantastic,” Wells said. “The older generations definitely know Travis, but even the younger generations are familiar with him. The whole town has been very accommodating.”

1
Text Only
Homepage
  • Shelton was a hero by any definition

    The word hero is used a little too loosely for my taste these days.
    To be honest, it’s been used way too much for a long time and I’m just as guilty as the next guy.

    July 25, 2014

Local News
Local Sports
  • Shelton was a hero by any definition

    The word hero is used a little too loosely for my taste these days.
    To be honest, it’s been used way too much for a long time and I’m just as guilty as the next guy.

    July 25, 2014

  • 0724 HANNAH HART THROW FOR WEB.jpg Out With A Bang

    Corbin’s Chris and Hannah Hart ended their Redhound softball careers together, but the duo went out with a bang, each representing Corbin on the Kentucky All Star squad in a three-game series against the Tennessee All Stars.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Editorials
Features
0708 Kelsey White Miss Ky.jpg

Kelsey White

  • Local woman vyes for Miss Kentucky crown

    A Williamsburg woman is among the 32 contestants representing local scholarship pageants from across the state who will vye for the title of Miss Kentucky 2014. 

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

Letters
Entertainment
  • July’s jumpin’ in Downtown Corbin

    After Thursday’s fun, festivities and fireworks during the Independence Day Block Party, how do you top the month best known as the sizzling center of summer?

    July 7, 2014