Bernsen's soap box derby film to debut in Ohio

Akron, OH (AP) - A film about a soap box derby racer is set to premiere in Akron, where it was inspired two years ago when the financial woes of the All-American Soap Box Derby caught the attention of former "L.A. Law" star Corbin Bernsen.

Bernsen wrote the script for "25 Hill," directed it and stars as a former racer who bonds with a young derby participant whose father dies in the war in Afghanistan. The film raised about $875,000 for production, and portions were shot in Akron and Cleveland, including scenes from the 2010 derby in Akron.

Bernsen plans to attend the Saturday debut at the Akron Civic Theatre.

The nonprofit derby founded in 1933 had lost corporate sponsorship and was sued in 2009 by a ban seeking repayment of a loan of about $600,000. The loan has since been restructured.

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