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.”
By Megan Williamson/Staff Writer
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