HOPKINSVILLE, Ky.Â (CLARKSVILLENOW) â€“ The VIP Red Carpet screening of The Silent Natural will premiere at the Historic Alhambra Theatre in Hopkinsville on Friday, May 31. VIP reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and screening at 7:30 p.m.
â€śThis is a family friendly, feel good movie showing how, no matter what your circumstance, you can overcome it.â€ť said Director David Risotto. â€śBeing an independent film, Iâ€™m proud to say that we used Deaf actors in all Deaf rolls.Â This was a collaboration between both hearing and Deaf worlds.â€ť
The hope is that this film brings awareness and pushes Dummy Hoy into the National Baseball Hall of Fame- a lifelong dream of Hoyâ€™s.
William â€śDummyâ€ť Hoy played from 1886 to 1903 and was considered a â€śFlyhawkâ€ť of his time. He stood only 5â€™4â€ł, played centerfield and had an arm like a cannon. In one game he threw out three runners at home plate without an assist. As if being short was not enough of a challenge, William Hoy was also Deaf. Â Most importantly, Hoy played a pioneering role in the introduction of umpire hand signals still used today in baseball games throughout the world.
The Silent Natural was filmed entirely in Kentucky, the majority in Christian County (including Copper Canyon Ranch, Oak Grove, and downtown Hopkinsville) and in Dawson Springs. This resulted in an estimated $659,000 in economic impact for the community and is a prime example of the Kentucky film incentives in action.
A second showing will be on June 2nd. Tickets can be purchased at: http://tinyurl.com/TheSilentNatural