Cast and crew celebrate "The 60 Yard Line" premiere in Ashwaubenon
ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- A new movie about a passionate Green Bay Packers fan premiered in Green Bay-area theaters Wednesday night.
"The 60 Yard Line" is based on a true story of a Packers fan who risked his relationship by buying a house next to Lambeau Field.
The cast and crew of the movie held a tailgate celebration outside of Ashwaubenon’s Marcus Cinema before watching the movie together.
“A lot of people kind of went out of their way to make this really special,” said Kim Crossman, the movie’s lead actress.
“The 60 Yard Line” is based on a true story.
Beloit native and lead actor Ryan Churchill is friends with the owner of the real-life "60 Yard Line" house, which is near the corner of Oneida Street and Stadium Drive in Ashwaubenon.
“I went to visit there right after I had moved to Los Angeles as an actor/writer,” said Churchill. “As soon as I got there, I said, 'this is a movie' and that's kind of where it all stemmed from."
The movie features a cast of actors with a variety of well-known TV shows and movies on their resumes.
“I guess for me what was interesting about Packers culture is kind of that idea of fandom that we don't really have in New Zealand,” said Crossman. “It seems really unique where you guys come out in green and gold, not just on game days and it's like a lifestyle. I think that’s really unique and a cool story to tell.”
Former Packers players and Mayor Jim Schmitt also make appearances in the movie. Local actors also got their time to shine.
“This is like a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see your face up on the big screen,” said Brad Esquivel of Appleton. “I've done other stuff, but this is probably like my coolest acting experience yet.”
While the cast and crew celebrated the movie with friends and family, they say they couldn't have done it without Packers fans.
“Just unannounced they would just walk onto the set and pass out brownies and cookies to the crew,” said Leif Gantyoort, the movie’s director. “That’s how much hospitality we got from this community.”
Starting Thursday, the movie can be seen in 62 theaters, including most Marcus Cinemas in Wisconsin.
Mayor Schmitt declared this “The 60 Yard Line” week at the Broadway Farmers Market in Green Bay.
Also downtown, the cast will be at lunch Thursday in the Main Street Commons for "Lunch With Morty" and at Titletown Brewing tomorrow night for a question-and-answer session.