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Terre Haute natives to film this summer

Thursday, June 16, 2011

TERRE HAUTE -- Wabash Valley natives William Tanoos and Paul Fleschner are set to produce their first feature film in their hometown of Terre Haute this summer.

"The Drunk," is currently in pre-production and set to start filming in Terre Haute from July 18-Aug. 15.

The Los Angeles-based Tanoos and Chicago-based Fleschner have co-written the film, and will co-direct, star and produce as well.

The cast and crew for the movie will be from Los Angeles and Chicago.

The filmmakers are currently negotiating with known Hollywood actors for key roles, as well as working with prominent casting director David O'Conner, C.S.A.

"The Drunk" motion picture is a political comedy.

It is a fictional account of the hard drinking grandson of legendary labor leader and Terre Haute native, Eugene V. Debs, who gets arrested for drunk driving one night.

When he discovers that the corrupt prosecutor is trying to put him in jail for political reasons, he decides to run against him for governor of Indiana.

The Eugene V. Debs Foundation has officially endorsed the production and the filmmakers plan to utilize the Debs Home and Museum, as well as other local businesses and locations in the movie.

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