TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– “The Text,” a film written, filmed and produced in the Wabash Valley, made its debut on Saturday at Hartfield Hall on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The cast and crew celebrated the occasion by taking photos at their billboards around downtown Terre Haute, and with a red carpet ceremony before the premiere at 2:30.

Karla Dansereau and Sharon Nelson star in the film. Dansereau said that this day has been in the works for years.

“I actually made the audition in 2019,” she said. “It’s been a long process with [the pandemic] in the middle, and today is so special.”

The film focuses on family dynamics and distracted driving awareness. Nelson said texting and driving is an important topic, and hopes the film can help people realize the consequences.

“Your life can change. I’ve seen it happen,” Nelson said. “I see people driving down the road that almost have had incidents, and it just can’t happen that way. That’s got to stop.”

WTWO’s own Julie Henricks has a role in the film along with many people from the surrounding area.