An independent film, "All Square, " starring "House of Cards" actor Michael Kelly, filmed Little League scenes using local extras at the Battle Grove baseball field in Dundalk. (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun video)
Thirteen-year-old Chris Rolfes has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember, but he had never felt as nervous on the diamond as he did Sunday.
Rolfes joined dozens of Little League players and other young fans of the game at Battle Grove Field in Dundalk to play extras in the forthcoming movie "All Square," starring actors from "House of Cards" and "The Wire."
"I've always wanted to be on TV or see myself in a film," Chris said. "I was nervous because I didn't want to mess up. I want to make the movie look good."
Temperatures approached 90 degrees. Families spread out in the park as th cameras rolled. Even after the crews called "cut" and took a lunch break, kids ran around playing catch and swinging bats.
Sarah Belzner, 31, attended the shoot with her 10-year-old son Michael.
"We have a very experienced crew," producer Jordan Foley said. "This is a smaller film, but because they love Michael and have off-time from 'House of Cards,' they said they'd come work with us."
Foley said he's glad Kelly proposed moving the story to Maryland.
"Dundalk really represented what we were going with in the film," he said.
Beyond Battle Grove Field, Foley said, the independent film is also shooting at local bars and homes. The producers plan to wrap up July 10. Foley anticipates the movie will come out in 2018.
"Dundalk has been incredibly welcoming," Kelly said. "Sometimes you do a movie somewhere and people are like, 'When are you guys gonna be done with that movie? You're on our block and keeping us up at night.' But here, everyone's been so lovely."
Community members who attended Sunday's shoot said taking part in a movie has been fun and educational. Many of the parents filled in as spectators.
"It's been neat to see how things work and what goes into making a movie," said Amanda Sills, 36. Her 12-year-old son, Stephen Loidl, said he didn't expect filming to last so long, and require so many takes.
But even with the frequent stops and starts, Stephen said, being part of a movie is "one of the coolest things I've ever done."
Nick Doty, 12, said being in a movie turned out differently than he expected, but it was still "a lot of fun."
"When I grow up, I'll show my kids that I was in a movie," he said. "That'll be really cool."