Once you’ve made one, it can be even harder to get it out into the world where it can be seen.
Roanoke Valley natives Billy and Thomas Sample have experienced that challenge with their flick, “Reunion 108.” You may have heard of Billy Sample — a star athlete for Andrew Lewis High School, he played major league baseball from 1978 to 1986, mostly as an outfielder for the Texas Rangers.
Since then, he’s made use of a voice naturally suited for radio by working in broadcasting, until he set out to make “Reunion 108” about three years ago.
His brother, Thomas Sample, 53, is a co-producer and marketer for the film, but Billy, 58, is definitely the driving force behind it, writing, co-producing and starring in it.
“I’m captain of the ship at times, but he’s kind of the admiral,” Thomas Sample said.
The “108” in “Reunion 108” refers to the number of stitches in a baseball. The movie centers upon a fictional baseball team called the Alphas, taking a behind-the-scenes look at the personal lives of the players.Much of the story is told in flashbacks as the men share memories during a reunion game.
It’s a gritty, raunchy movie in its current form. The poster warns of “pervasive sex references, crude dialogue, language and some strong sexuality.”