Mary Ethridge, Associate Producer of "25 Hill,"
AREA NATIVE NINA RAWLS, WIDOW OF SUPERSTAR LOU RAWLS,
THE LOVE FOR HER HOMETOWN BY PARTICIPATING IN "25
Akron, OH --July
12, 2010 -- Nina Rawls, the widow of soul superstar Lou Rawls, has joined
the team of top investors in “25 Hill,” Corbin Bernsen’s
film about a boy with a Soap Box Derby dream. Mrs. Rawls grew up in
Springfield Township’s Lakemore, which is just outside of Akron
where the All American Soap Box Derby is based and is a graduate of
Springfield High School. She and her son by Mr. Rawls, Aiden, now split
their time between homes in Green (Ohio), Arizona and Los Angeles. The
film has been financed primarily through Akron area investors such as
heard about the film when my nephew, asked how he could become an extra
in the movie. The more I heard about the project, the more I wanted
to become involved,” Mrs. Rawls said. “The trailer for the
film gave me chills and I realized Corbin was putting together something
extraordinary. Since I was raised here, I know how important the Soap
Box Derby is to the area and kids around the world. We need to do all
we can to preserve it -- and I want to do everything I can to help.”
Mrs. Rawls said the “25 Hill” film project is something
Lou Rawls would have wholly supported.
“He understood how much the Greater Akron area means to me, and
he’d do anything to help children,” she said. “This
investment of money and time in the film is in close keeping with the
spirit and heart of Lou, as anybody who knew him will agree.”
Lou Rawls, who succumbed to cancer in January of 2006, was a soul, jazz
and blues singer of legendary proportions. Frank Sinatra once said that
Mr. Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the
singing game.” Rawls released more than 70 albums, sold more than
40 million records, appeared as an actor in motion pictures and on television,
and devoted his time to several charitable causes.
Mrs. Rawls plans to help use her talents and connections in the entertainment
industry to promote “25 Hill” across the globe.
“I look forward to helping Corbin market the film and getting
the word out about what a special movie this is and what a treasure
we have in the All American Soap Box Derby,” she said.
“25 Hill,” which was written and is being directed by Bernsen,
began filming in Akron in early April. The crew, made up of primarily
Northeast Ohio professionals, traveled to Taft, Calif., in June to shoot
the scenes that couldn’t be filmed in Ohio. The crew is returning
to Akron this week to prepare for the final shoot of the film, which
begins on Saturday, July 24, at the International Soap Box Derby Championship
at Derby Downs in Akron. Filming around Northeast Ohio will continue
through Aug. 2. The movie will then go into post-production for editing
into its final form. Its release is slated for July of 2011. Those who
are interested in being extras in the film should email treycaldwell25Hill@gmail.com
to receive call times, wardrobe instructions and other important information.
Rawls PR Representative: Diane Hadley, 310-392-5457, email@example.com