Scenes for the movie "High and Outside" are shot at Lewis and Clark Park on Saturday.
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Athletics are filled with real-life drama. Some staged drama is taking place at Lewis and Clark Park, as scenes for the upcoming movie "High and Outside" are being filmed this weekend.
The main character in the film is a fictional Explorers player, trying to keep his baseball career alive.
A cast and crew of seven -- about a third of their LA crew -- are in Sioux City to wrap up shooting. One of the last scenes to be shot, will actually begin the movie. Veteran actor Ernie Hudson plays the Explorers manager, who has to cut the star of the movie from the team.
"It creates the environment," said Hudson. "This is great because we're actually in a clubhouse. I've been spending time talking to the players just getting that input. It makes your job so much easier."
X's manager Stan Cliburn has a cameo appearance in the film. Actor Phil Donlon plays Phil Harding, who takes drastic steps to keep his baseball career alive. Donlon has been working out with the X's all week.
"As soon as him and I sat down in this office there was an authenticity that came into it that we couldn't be captured if we shot this on a set in Los Angeles," said Donlon. "That's something that for me as an actor is very important."
The film crew has also been shooting game footage, with real Explorer fans and players. Director Evald Johnson's father Tim, is a former manager with the Lincoln Saltdogs and that connection brought him to Sioux City.
"We got close with Stan and the organization was real friendly," said Johnson. "We talked to a couple other people and Sioux City seemed like the right place to come. Matt Adamski, the president, he's been working with us almost over a year now trying to get this going and we couldn't have asked for better."
"High and Outside" is expected to be released in 2014.
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