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Interview: Director Jeff Celentano and Ricky Hill Talk About Their New Faith-Based Film, “The Hill”

The inspirational faith-based movie, The Hill, hits theaters on August 25th. The film stars Dennis Quaid and Colin Ford, and tells an incredible true story about faith, family, and baseball. Director Jeff Celentano and Ricky Hill—the real life inspiration behind the story—stopped by The Collision to share about the film. They talk about the inspiration for the film, how they navigated the faith-based elements, and why they think Hollywood needs more uplifting, family friendly stories. Listen to the full interview above.

Movie Synopsis: Growing up impoverished in small-town Texas, young Rickey Hill shows an extraordinary ability for hitting a baseball, despite being burdened by leg braces from a degenerative spinal disease. His stern, pastor father (DENNIS QUAID) discourages Rickey from playing baseball to protect him from injury, and to have him follow in his footsteps and become a preacher. As a young man, Rickey (COLIN FORD) becomes a baseball phenomenon. His desire to participate in a try-out for a legendary major league scout divides the family and threatens Rickey’s dream of playing professional baseball. Based on a true story, THE HILL is directed by Jeff Celentano and also stars JOELLE CARTER, country music singer and songwriter RANDY HOUSER, Golden Globe nominee BONNIE BEDELIA, and SCOTT GLENN.

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