Reporter: Mark Kelly l Photojournalist: Sally Delta Goin
Lynchburg, VA - A movie made in Central Virginia premiered in Lynchburg Thursday - red carpet and all. It's called "The Potential Inside," and it's about a veteran cyclist, who comes out of retirement to train a rookie. The story is their ride to the top.
The film's writer and producer are both Liberty University graduates. They met on the set of a short film in Roanoke. At the time, they weren't making movies, but that all changed.
Tessa Sturgill and Scotty Curlee took a leap and made a movie. Now, this red carpet is their time to celebrate. This was Sturgill's first feature film.
"It's been quite a ride. It's been a very long process, but it's been fun," said Sturgill. "Nothing like this ever happens around here so when it does, people get excited."
"My sister got asked by the director to come and see if she wanted to do it, and so we did," said Noah Goldsmith, an extra in the film.
For two years, cast and crew constructed the movie. The product is close to their heart.
"There are a lot of issues of giving up one thing to devote yourself to something else," said Kera O'Bryon, actor.
And some actors are from close to home.
"Very strong spiritual message in this film," said Jordan Whiley.
Whiley's from Farmville. An amateur cyclist and experienced stage actor in real life, Whiley played the villain in the film.
Here on the red carpet, actors get recognition after years of hard work.
"I got to sign autographs and stuff," said Sophia Watson, the daughter in the film.
Asked if she practices signing her name, Watson laughed and said no.
The DVD for this movie comes out in April.
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