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October Baby Day Marks Nationwide Debut

03/24/2012 11:36 AM ET

October Baby, a pro-life movie filmed partly in Mobile and on Dauphin Island, will open in some area theaters Friday as part of a limited national day release.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley also has proclaimed Friday to be “October Baby Day” in the state.

The movie has extensive Alabama connections, starting with the fact that brothers Jon and Andy Erwin, who co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed it, are natives and longtime residents of the Birmingham area. Shooting locations included the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, downtown Mobile and Dauphin Island.

“October Baby” is the story of college freshman Hannah, played by Dothan native Rachel Hendrix. According to information provided by the production company, “Hannah has always felt like an outsider. … When she discovers she was adopted it comes as a shock, but Hannah’s world is rocked even more when she learns why she was never told before — because she was the survivor of a failed abortion.”

Following this revelation, Hannah makes a road trip to Mobile, where she hopes to find her biological mother. The cast includes well-known actors John Schneider and Jasmine Guy.

Last fall it was shown at some area theaters as part of a limited regional release. Its national release on Friday will put it on several hundred screens nationwide — far less than the average Hollywood blockbuster, but a major accomplishment for an independent project.

Alabama theaters showing the film will include the Wynnsong 16 in Auburn, the Summit 16 in Birmingham, the Jubilee Square 12 in Daphne, the Cinema 6 in Dothan, the Regency 12 in Florence, the Cinema 16 in Gadsden, the Patton Creek 15 in Hoover, the Monaco Pictures 14 and the Valley Bend Stadium 18 in Huntsvillle, the Wynnsong 16 in Mobile, the Festival Plaza 16 in Montgomery, the Oxford Stadium 12 in Oxford, the Promenade 12 in Prattville and the Hollywood 16 in Tuscaloosa.

In southern Mississippi it will be shown at the Grand 18 in D’Iberville, the Cinemark 16 in Gulfport and the Tinseltown 17 in Pearl, according to the site. Florida theaters include the Pensacola 18.

In a news release announcing Bentley’s proclamation, Alabama Film Office Manager Kathy Faulk praised the movie as a “a home-grown project from start to finish.”

“It is also a lovely story with a heart-felt message,” she said. “We are proud of Jon and Andy and their entire team, and we are appreciative that they stuck to their roots and kept this project at home.”

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