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Red Carpet Ready for Terre Haute Movie Premiere

Filmmakers Paul Fleschner and William Tanoos spent weeks filming "The Drunk" in their hometown back in 2011 - so where else could they premiere their political dramedy? The Drunk premieres Saturday night at the Indiana Theater. Tickets are $10 or $40 for VIP. They're on sale now at any Larry Paul Tanning locations or online. There's also a question and answer session after the screening, emceed by our own Tom McClanahan.
Hollywood is coming to the Wabash Valley.   

A few years ago, two filmmakers with local ties decided to shoot their indie movie on location - right here in Terre Haute.

Now, it's ready for release, and Valley audiences get the first peek at "The Drunk."


Terre Haute, get ready for your close-up...

"Whatever your hopes and dreams and concepts are about a red carpet premiere....we want to make that a reality."

Filmmakers Paul Fleschner and William Tanoos spent weeks filming "The Drunk" in their hometown back in 2011 - so where else could they premiere their political dramedy?

"We wanted to bring the film back to Terre Haute because Terre Haute is a character in the story," Fleschner explained.

The story follows the fictitious grandson of legendary labor leader Eugene Debs as he runs for governor, despite his hard-partying ways.

And you'll see some familiar faces on screen, from notable names like Tom Sizemore and Jesse Ventura.

" I mean if everybody involved in the film is from this general area, the film should be pretty authentic," Ventura told NBC 2 News while shooting a scene in 2011.

And to some stars in the making!

Dozens of locals filled in as extras in some crucial scenes -- like this one, shot in 2011.

 "People from Terre Haute will connect with the movie. They can go to the theater and see Terre Haute up on the screen," said Fleschner.
   
And since it's not very often that the red carpet gets rolled out in Terre Haute, the filmmakers say bringing the magic of the movies home is their way of giving back.

"Thank you Terre Haute for opening up your arms to help us make this film," said Fleschner. "We had tremendous support from the community and we really wanted to showcase Terre Haute."

The Drunk premieres Saturday night at the Indiana Theater.

Tickets are $10 or $40 for VIP. They're on sale now at any Larry Paul Tanning locations or by clicking here.

There's also a question and answer session after the screening, emceed by our own Tom McClanahan.
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