Behind the scenes: ‘The Drunk’ part one

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – In just a couple of days a Terre Haute audience will get a first look at ‘The Drunk’ – a movie set in Terre Haute with producers, directors and many of the actors local.

The quest to make the film and the film’s message are deeper than a typical movie preview.

Frames and flashes: They show a struggle at its core.

A man at war with himself is enough to draw you and then you realize this story, is told on screen.

In fact, one may say it’s just a movie.

“This screenplay which was about a young, apathetic, drunk, who was arrested by the corrupt Prosecutor and they both have some family history and they both wind up running for Indiana governor.”

It’s a plot that immediately catches the ear.

Paul Fleschner definitely thought so and, in fact, his name, face and time, are all married to his film.

He is the director, producer, and actor and so much more.

“And I felt a connection to the script on a personal level,” Fleschner said. “Because I’ve struggled with alcohol. I think lots of people have there own demons and that particular form of substance abuse is one of mine and I thought he was really honest.”

VIDEO | Extended interview with Fleschner

You could call it a soul tie to the film from the very beginning. That beginning took shape years ago.

It started with an idea, from a buddy, the would be film ‘The Drunk.’

“I mean it was really compelling, that he’d written a draft in his 20s about a guy struggling with drinking too much alcohol,” Fleschner explained.

William Tanoos and Paul Fleschner: These friends go way back.

They’ve both dabbled in film-making and their schooling has sharpened their skills.

But when Tanoos wanted to write a script that would get Hollywood’s attention, the challenge was set.

“At some point, we just sat down and started working on it together. It was kind of an organic thing. We didn’t really say, ‘on that day, Paul’s going to become the co-writer, it just happened,” he said.

So the two Terre Haute men decided to go on the odyssey of making a movie, together.

Rondrell Moore: “This is a process, to bring a film from an idea stage to an execution stage, to a premier. Walk me through that…”

“Well, you just nailed it. It is concept and execution,” Fleschner said. “There are I think two sides to the coin, and it’s concept and execution.”

“The Drunk’ world premiere will be held at the Indiana Theatre in Terre Haute on February 15.

Red Carpet Gala, including hors d’oeuvres, bar, pictures, interactive film experience, meet and greet, will cost $40.

For general admission the cost will be $10.

The Red Carpet Gala begins at 7 p.m. and the screening is at 8 p.m. People buying general admission tickets should do so by 7:45 p.m.

For more information, visit the Indiana Theatre Facebook or The Drunk Facebook.

To purchase tickets, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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