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April 28, 2013

Oklahoma film highlights recovery from addictions

CLAREMORE —

Westside teacher Cathy Crawford has always enjoyed going to the movies.
Last week however, one particular movie hit theaters with which Crawford has a personal connection — a very personal connection. 
In the movie “Home Run”, a professional ball player with a substance abuse problem is forced into rehab in his hometown, finding new hope when he gets honest about his checkered past, and takes on coaching duties for a misfit Little League team. 
Among those responsible for bringing “Home Run” to life is its executive producer, Carol Mathews — sister of Cathy Crawford.
“Cathy is the CEO of Hero Productions — a Tulsa-based company that produces a lot of training videos and films for corporations, they’ve done some work with ESPN and have produced several other videos,” Crawford said. “Many of the projects her company produces, she does with Tom Newman’s Impact Productions, also in Tulsa, which is a Christian-based video and film company.”
When Newman suggested to Mathews that they collaborate on a joint project, the two spent much time in discussion and prayer before settling on the idea of a story about recovery from addiction.
“Carol knows it was the Holy Spirit that led she and Tom to the idea of a project about addiction recovery —neither of them or anyone in their family had struggled with addictions,” Crawford said. “In doing research (for the project), they went to a church in Tulsa and learned more about Celebrate Recovery. She had heard people who’d gone through the program talk about it and wanted to check it out for herself.”
As the project evolved, Mathews and Newman decided to make Celebrate Recovery more prominent within the framework of the narrative, with the program being an integral part of the main character’s own road to healing.

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