TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A movie that will be seen around the globe has a red carpet premier Saturday night, right in the heart of Terre Haute.
The drunk is a movie about the fictional grandchild of Eugene V. Debs.
The film’s main players are from Terre Haute.
Concept and execution, two crucial elements to any film and Paul Fleschner and William Tanoos had their concept.
“A young, apathetic, drunk, running for Indiana governor, ” Fleschner said.
But the execution would take a bit more time.
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Script revisions, crew additions, money, money, and more money.
“A lot of the things were just amazingly donated by talented people. But still it wasn’t totally free,” Fleschner added.
So, they hustled and talked to the right people.
Suddenly things started clicking.
Even Hollywood stardom got on board, Tom Sizemore, and the Body Himself
“So, Jesse The Governor Ventura was a pleasure to work with. He showed up and was ready to act, “according to Fleschner
One element of the film was crucial.
“The film doesn’t take place in a vacuum; it takes place in Terre Haute. There’s no doubt about that.”
The sites, the sounds, the people, the town.
“Also, there’s a Terre Haute pride thing. You know, how can we show this place has interesting locations, beautiful locations. It has an attitude. It has a personality,” Fleschner says.
Then the production started, they worked for months, and finally the prize.
Their film will be distributed nationally, and most likely all over the world.
And then it becomes clear this project for Paul was never just a movie.
“I think to back track a second, the whole personal element. I think i was inspired by, i read somewhere that Martin Scorcese said, the more personal a film is, the more you know it’s cinema,” according to Fleschner
The man who himself had struggled with alcohol in the past had a life event on screen.
But as these Terre haute movie makers show an honest interpretation, and a lot of work, can do a lot.
Even for a drunk.
The premiere is this Saturday.
You can pick up tickets at any Larry Paul Tanning Center in Terre Haute.
Tickets are $10 to see the movie and be part of a discussion with the film makers.
For $40 you’ll get a VIP ticket, which entitles you to some special surprises.