Red Wing, Minnesota: ‘October Sky' Outdoor Movie in Red Wing

October Sky Outdoor Screening in Red Wing, MinnesotaThe 1999 film based on the life of Homer Hickam, October Sky, will be shown Aug. 16 on the 46-by-33-foot inflatable screen at Bay Point Park. Entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the Cinema Under the Stars outdoor feature will start at 9 p.m. Hickam is a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry, against his father's wishes. Jake Gyllenhaal is Homer Hickam, Chris Cooper plays his father and Laura Dern appears as his teacher. Also starring in the film are actual rockets similar to the ones Hickam and his friends made as youths. The movie rockets were made by a Zumbrota native, Ky Michaelson, who is known as The Rocketman. October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys, the title of the book on which the movie is based. The name was changed to give the film wider appeal, plus October sky refers to the month when Hickam first was inspired by seeing Sputnick flying overhead. Cinema Under the Stars is family-friendly entertainment presented by Look Media Productions with Twilight Zone Outdoor Cinema; a number of local businesses also are sponsors. Nathan Keech of Look Media described it as a drive-in movie without the driving. He encouraged people to come early, while it's still light out, to set out lawn chairs and blankets near the two-story-tall screen. Tommy Helmer will entertain with giveaways, trivia questions and prizes while people wait for the movie to begin.. Admission is free, and popcorn and treats will be available in the park. For information, go to

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