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Oklahoma-made film “Home Run” swings a nationwide theatrical release

The faith-based baseball drama, opening Friday, was shot in Okmulgee and Tulsa.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: April 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm •  Published: April 19, 2013

For Carol Spann Mathews, the choice to make the faith-based baseball movie “Home Run” in her home state has been a huge hit.

The Tulsa-based producer wasn't the only one cheering once it came time to round the bases, so to speak.

“It's been such a great thing for Tulsa. I mean, we have brought in all these industry people into Oklahoma; they loved it so much they wanted to come back. The actors asked for the premiere to be in Tulsa 'cause they loved Oklahoma. And we did. We had the premiere in Tulsa and every actor came back except two, and the only reason they didn't come back was because of work conflicts,” she said in a phone interview this week from New York, where she was promoting the film.

Opening in theaters nationwide Friday, “Home Run” focuses on baseball all-star Cory Brand (Scott Elrod, who had a small role in the Oscar-winning drama “Argo”) whose alcohol abuse sends his life into a tailspin. After he is arrested for driving under the influence and suspended from the team for eight weeks, his agent (Vivica A. Fox, the “Kill Bill” movies) sends him back to his hometown of Okmulgee, where he reluctantly enters a 12-step recovery program and takes over coaching a local youth baseball team.

Mathews, an award-winning television and film producer whose work has been featured on ESPN, The Family Channel and Trinity Broadcast Network, coproduced and worked as executive producer on “Home Run” with fellow Tulsan Tom Newman, whose credits include the Max Lucado adaptations “Resurrection” and “Christmas Child” as well as the 2005 missionary drama “End of the Spear.”

The decision to shoot the Samuel Goldwyn Films release in Okmulgee and Tulsa in October 2011 was an easy one, Mathews said.

“It's our home. I live there, I have two small children. Tom lives there, he has family and grandchildren there. Why go anywhere else?” Mathews said.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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