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

They found the ideal locations they needed — including a photogenic youth baseball field, an appealing town square and a certain small-town allure — in Okmulgee, conveniently situated just 45 minutes south of the production's headquarters in Tulsa.

“Okmulgee was a beautiful backdrop. It was charming and it was perfect for us. And then the town of Okmulgee was completely hospitable to us, you know, as we come traipsing in there with a huge crew of 60 people and trucks and gear. They were wonderful,” she said.

“Tom and I had been in the production world in Tulsa, in Oklahoma, for years, so we had crew that we knew and loved and that we wanted to work on the film as well as other supportive people around the film's production.”

Among those supporting players was her husband, Scott Allan Mathews, who composed the music for the film, including the opening song “Broken.” Their Grammy-nominated friend Steve Ripley, the Pawnee-based musician/producer best known as a member of The Tractors, crooned the theme.

“His voice was the perfect haunting, soulful voice to set the entire mood of the entire film,” Mathews said.

Plus, the production qualified for a state Film Enhancement Rebate.

“It definitely made the decision to be in Oklahoma a more solid, inarguable choice,” she said. “We loved the idea that it was the Heartland and baseball and small town. We think that has added so much to the appeal of the movie.”

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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