Ballpark service just part of the production

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 6, 2009

If the goings-on at Jack Hayes Field resembled a scene from a movie Sunday, that’s because they were.

The stadium served as the backdrop for Edenville, the fictitious setting of a short film, “The Dark Place,” produced by a group from West End Baptist Church. The church moved its Sunday morning services for the filming of a scene in the movie.

“Our folks seemed to really enjoy it,” Minister of Music Eddie Lightsey said.

The script tells the story of Alan McCormick, a best-selling author who has everything going for him — a loving wife, daughter, a nice house and friends. But there’s one thing he doesn’t have.

“He doesn’t have Jesus, and he doesn’t think he needs him,” director and screenplay writer Erica Wilson said.

Driving his daughter home from a softball game, McCormick pulls up to some railroad tracks. After the crossbars are lowered and raised but no train passes, he drives onto the tracks only to find himself in the path of an oncoming train.

McCormick ends up in hell, and he can see his daughter there.

To find out what happens, you will need to attend the premiere at West End May 31 at 6 p.m.

“We’re excited about the potential this project has to reach people,” Lightsey said.

The filmmaking team includes Wilson, technician David Harris and producer Wendy Hutchins. They hope to eventually make a full-length feature.