ABILENE — Producers with Winter State Entertainment are offering locals the chance participate in the filming of “Brother’s Keeper,” a full-length feature film set in Abilene. The film is scheduled to open nationwide in theaters in Fall 2019.
According to a press release from Winter State, the movie tells the story of the on- and off-field code of honor lived by the 2009 Abilene High School Eagles state championship team. The screenplay was written by locals, Chad Mitchell and Al Pickett.
“It’s a story about faith, family and Texas football.” Winter State Brand Integration Manager Nicole Hunstman said. “The major theme is that when we care for each other we can overcome incredible circumstances to achieve greatness. After working with so many Abilenians to get this project made, we’re seeing that power of community. It’s been an inspiration.”
According to the release, cast members include Laurence Fishburne, Milo Gibson, Abigail Hawk, Glenn Morshower, Eddie George, Noel Gugliemi, Eric Martinez. The release said there will also possibly be a few surprises that have yet to be announced.
The project will need locals to act as extras. A production crew will film outdoor scenes in Abilene during a two-week window in January. Interested parties are advised to watch for a local casting call when the dates are finalized next month.
Meanwhile, those interested in serving as extras can email the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The film’s world premiere is scheduled for March 30, 2019, at the Abilene Convention Center.
Tickets also are available to a second viewing of the film at 10 p.m. March 30 at the convention center and can be purchased at squareup.com/store/Brokeep.
Subsequent movie premieres will take place in Dallas, New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Nationwide release is set for the Fall 2019. The National Football League is joining the effort, partnering with the producers to host viewings throughout the country. A player from each of the 32 NFL teams will host movie openings at theaters in their cities.
Winter State has added another Abilene-based film to its list of projects. A fictional oilfield comedy set in the city is currently in development.