“Where Hope Grows” – the inspirational film about the life changing and lifesaving friendship between an alcoholic professional baseball player and a man with Down syndrome will be screened at Westown Movies for one week only starting Friday, May 15.

The film is being released nationally by Godspeed Pictures and the Down Syndrome Association (DSA).

Lauren Camp, a staff member at the DSA Delaware, hopes that the film can help change people’s views about those with Down syndrome and increase awareness.

Camp said that her organization worked very hard to get the movie to Middletown, as it was originally only going to be released in select cities.

“The film company finally agreed we could show the film,” Camp said. “I worked closely with Rick from Westown movies – he really stepped up and helped us work with the movie booker to get it here. It was an incredible partnership between Westown and our non-profit.”

DSA DE wants to sell 500 tickets before May 1 to show support for the film and the actor with Down syndrome, David DeSanctis who stars as a character named Produce – a grocery store employee who meets Calvin Campbell, a professional baseball player who had some struggles with the curveballs life has thrown him.

The film will be shown May 15 and will continue for a week, but tickets can be purchased now as they may sell out, Camp said. Five show times will be available each day for that week.

“We really want people to out and see the movie and share the message with friends and family,” she said. “This is a very real film and not your typical Hollywood movie.”