Lights, Camera, Action - Hollywood comes to the Clinic!
UK HealthCare's Kentucky Clinic opened its doors to more than
patients a couple of weeks ago as a movie crew from the independent
film "Hitting the Cycle" moved in after the clinic closed, shooting
scenes for the film's fictional Sayreville Hospital.
Tentatively set for release in 2011, the movie was written and is
being directed by Lexington native Richey Nash, son of University of
Kentucky basketball legend Cotton Nash. When I was growing up in
Anderson County Kentucky, Cotton Nash was playing basketball at UK. I
have very vivid memories of watching Cotton Nash play basketball in
Memorial Coliseum. Cotton was definitely one of my childhood heroes. I
even named one of my cats "Cotton" in honor of my hero.
Richey Nash is a Henry Clay High School graduate. He followed in his
father's footsteps and played both basketball and baseball in college.
After graduating from Princeton University, he was drafted by the San
Diego Padres and played a few seasons in the minor leagues. He went
abroad for a year as a player-coach in Italy, then moved to New York
City to start a career in theater. Now based in Los Angeles, he has
enjoyed successes on stage, in film, and in network television.
In "Hitting the Cycle," he stars as Jimmy "Rip" Ripley, a player on
the Lexington Legends roster. Hoping to make it back to the Major
Leagues, he is instead cut from the team. Reluctantly, he returns home
after an absence of more than 15 years to face his estranged family,
tackle his inner demons, and discover a life beyond the baseball
In addition to featuring Lexington and shooting "Sayreville" scenes
here, Nash has given a boost to the community's budding film industry by
hiring Kentuckians for more than two-thirds of the cast and crew
positions. His leadership team includes Kentucky natives such as
LA-based film editor Harry B. Miller III, who had worked with Nash on
Miller then recruited his screenwriting collaborator and brother,
John Winn Miller, who has recently returned to Lexington after working
as a former foreign correspondent, investigative journalist, and daily
newspaper editor and publisher.
Besides the Kentucky Clinic, many other key scenes were filmed at
Applebee's Park and other locations around Central Kentucky. For more
about the movie, go to www.HTCmovie.com.
So, as the title says- Hollywood came to the clinic! I am looking
forward to watching the movie. See pictures below that were taken during
the filming. A big thanks to Kristi Lopez, who helped coordinate their
visit and take pictures for the Birdwhistell Blog!