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"25 Hill" Update

By admin Published: June 21, 2010

Highlights from a recent announcement:

The cast and crew of “25 Hill,” the Soap Box Derby movie written and directed by Corbin Bernsen, will return to Akron in mid-July to film the screenplay’s crucial race scenes as well as scene-setter shots of the Akron area. Many extras will be needed during the 10-day shoot, Bernsen said. . . .

The crew will be arriving in Akron July 15. It will shoot the All-American Soap Box Derby’s championship week, which begins July 19 and culminates on Saturday, July 24, with the race finals. Bernsen urges Akron area residents to attend the event to support the Soap Box Derby and perhaps appear in the film.
Akron’s Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has offered Bernsen the use of one of its famous blimps for aerial shots of Akron and the Derby. On Sunday, July 25, the crew will re-create the Derby championship and will need hundreds of extras to fill the stands and act as family members, supporters and racers. Those who came to the April auditions at Derby Downs and were slated for the Derby scenes should return to Derby Downs on July 25 for to film their scenes. Others are welcome. Details will be released closer to the date.
The crew will also be shooting in July at Baruth International Raceway, the track of the Cleveland Area Soap Box Derby. The Cleveland track will double as a track in Seattle where Trey earns his berth at the All American in Akron. The film wraps on the Aug. 2.

The complete announcement is after the jump.

Northeast Ohio: Get ready for the spotlight.
The cast and crew of “25 Hill,” the Soap Box Derby movie written and directed by Corbin Bernsen, will return to Akron in mid-July to film the screenplay’s crucial race scenes as well as scene-setter shots of the Akron area. Many extras will be needed during the 10-day shoot, Bernsen said.
“We’re thrilled to be returning to Akron. We’re going to be filming some of the most important scenes in the film, and we need the support of the community to make them work,” said Bernsen in a phone interview from Canada where he is on the set of his series “Psych” (USA Network).
Bernsen recently wrapped up a 10-day “25 Hill” shoot in Taft, California, the hometown of the movie’s main character, derby racer Trey Caldwell (played by Nathan Gamble). The Northeast Ohio crew of “25 Hill” traveled to Taft with Bernsen to work on the movie, which began filming at Derby Downs in Akron in April.
“The Taft shoot went perfectly. They people there really understood the importance of what we’re doing for the derby and the crew was perfect,” Bernsen said “We are putting together something extraordinary.”
The crew will be arriving in Akron July 15. It will shoot the All-American Soap Box Derby’s championship week, which begins July 19 and culminates on Saturday, July 24, with the race finals. Bernsen urges Akron area residents to attend the event to support the Soap Box Derby and perhaps appear in the film.
Akron’s Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has offered Bernsen the use of one of its famous blimps for aerial shots of Akron and the Derby. On Sunday, July 25, the crew will re-create the Derby championship and will need hundreds of extras to fill the stands and act as family members, supporters and racers. Those who came to the April auditions at Derby Downs and were slated for the Derby scenes should return to Derby Downs on July 25 for to film their scenes. Others are welcome. Details will be released closer to the date.
The crew will also be shooting in July at Baruth International Raceway, the track of the Cleveland Area Soap Box Derby. The Cleveland track will double as a track in Seattle where Trey earns his berth at the All American in Akron. The film wraps on the Aug. 2.
For those who haven’t seen or heard the dozens of stories about “25 Hill” that have appeared in media outlets nationwide, including the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and USA Today, they can visit www.25hill.com to learn more and see a trailer that was shot in Akron. Bernsen’s “25 Hill” is the story of Trey, an 11-year-old with a Derby dream. Trey receives a Soap Box Derby car kit for Christmas from his father, an Army Reservist played by Tim Omundson (“Psych,” “Criminal Minds”). His father promises Trey they will construct it together, but he is soon deployed to Afghanistan where he is killed in combat. Trey flounders in his grief until his school principal introduces him to Roy, an embittered firefighter who lost his son in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. As Trey soon learns, Roy is a former Derby champ. They reluctant duo forge a deep friendship in the dim light of a backyard garage as they build Trey’s Derby car and rebuild their shattered worlds.
The vast majority of funding for “25 Hill” came from Akron area investors

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