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Posted at 2:55 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 17:55:14-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The world premiere has been set for a new film by a local school which teaches the developmentally disabled, the school confirmed to 23ABC News.

Carol of the Bells, a Christmas-themed film shot primarily in Bakersfield, will premiere on September 30 at the Fox Theater, according to Dale Oprandy, executive director at Inclusion Films.

"You guys are the first to hear about [the premiere]," Oprandy told 23ABC News. "We have a great cast and more than 70% of those involved have a disability. That's never been done in a Hollywood motion picture."

The film stars R.J. Mitre (Breaking Bad), Donna Mills (Knots Landing), and Donna Pescow (Saturday Night Fever).'s synopsis of the film:
A young man with a troubled past seeks out his biological mother. His world is turned upside down upon discovering that she is developmentally disabled. Unable to work through this new discovery on his own, the man's wife takes matters into her own hands forcing her husband to face the truth and heal the past.