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Movie extras pack the stands at Slugger Field

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Louisville Slugger Field was temporarily transformed into a movie set Saturday.

Instead of players and coaches on the field, there were actors and directors.

Bats and balls were replaced by cameras and tripods.

The movie "Produce" is about a former pro ball player who learns a lesson from a grocery store clerk with down syndrome.

Producer Milan Chakraborty says it's been four years in the making.

"Traditional sales people say oh nobody internationally cares about feel good movies but my favorite movies are still Rudy and Hoosiers and I think there's still an audience for good, family, feel good films," said Chakraborty.

They're filming at several different Louisville spots but the one at Slugger will be the closing scene.

Extras came out to fill the stands and support the film's message.

"It's about a boy with down syndrome who's the star and we thought that's neat because we have a son with special needs so we wanted to participate and be a part of it," said extra Lisa Owen.

"Our daughter Morgan, she has down syndrome as well and participates with down syndrome of Louisville. We wanted to come out and support it," said extra Kevin Crowe.

Louisville actor David Desanctis plays the store clerk in the film.

"I am like literally psyched for tonight," said Desanctis.

Families sitting in the stands as extras say he's been an inspiration and hope those who watch the movie feel the same.

"I would want them to take away, people with down syndrome can do anything. They can act. They can play sports. Many of the same things that you and I do on a daily basis that we may take for granted, they can do as well," said Crowe.

Producers hope to have the movie finished by next October.

Right now, it's unknown which screen you'll be able to watch it on.

"It doesn't necessarily need film festivals. We've been invited to the National Down Syndrome conference next summer. That could be our comicon because that's our audience," said Chakraborty.

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