VIRTUAL MOVIE PREMIERE
Originally posted on September 11, 2020.
The locally-produced short film, "Rosie's Rescue," was set to premiere in May at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in New Castle. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined plans for the event.
With the real-world in crisis, the new short film might be more timely than ever. The character of Rosie is facing a crisis of her own that threatens to change everything. How she chooses to confront her challenges will be revealed in the Sept 19 virtual online premiere of the new film shot on location last year in Henry County.
The real-world parallels do not end there. The filmmakers originally planned a live, in-person premiere. But like Rosie, they have had to adapt to a changed world.
“Fortunately, technology will allow us to provide our audience with most of what we had planned for the live premiere,” said writer and director Terry Weston Marsh, a Henry County resident.
Marsh said inks to the virtual online showing will be on www.RosiesRescueMovie.com and @rosiesrescuemovie. The program will be hosted by Scott Allen Tucker, the film’s casting director and owner of the Indianapolis-based Talent Fusion agency. Besides the screening of the film, the free live program will feature remote appearances by the director and cast members as they take questions.
“Stay tuned to the very end, because we’ve got some surprises too,” Marsh said.
At 7 p.m. on Sept. 19, viewers may log on as Tucker introduces the film. During the program, they can leave comments on @rosiesrescuemovie.
Marsh said those who want to watch the premier can go to the web site now and click on "save your virtual seat at the premier." Those who want to ask questions of the cast and crew will receive a notification of when they can be submitted.
"We're taking questions ahead of time," Marsh told The Middletown News. "We're going to send out a request for questions, which also can be submitted as a message on the web site.
In the film, Rosie embarks on a quest to find the mysterious man who saved her life as a child, hoping it will lead to the answers she seeks. At 22 minutes long, Marsh said it represents a new genre in which movies are lengthy enough to tell a meaningful story but without requiring the traditional two-hour commitment from the audience.
"Production values are high, and in the case of 'Rosie’s Rescue,' the cast is comprised of both top national talent and exciting area newcomers," Marsh said.
Tia Link, a New York-trained actress, plays the title role in the family-friendly film. Other leads are played by Eric Olson, Sherryl Despres, Molly Garner, and Charity Dehmer. All are seasoned veterans of stage and screen, with acting experience that covers everything from movies to New York theatre, to major national tours. Nine-year-old Addy Farrell and four-year-old Allie Stacy, both Indiana based, have scene-stealing roles as well," Marsh added.
Marsh said the film will be available for viewing on Amazon.com soon after the premier, free for those with Amazon Prime and for a nominal fee for others. "We're hoping that after people watch the premiere, they will go to Amazon and leave a review. It's my understanding that if you get a lot of reviews quickly, it makes it easier for other people to find it. That can get even more views.
"My goal is to make a feature-length film," said Marsh. "To get investors who ask 'what have you done or how well did it do,' I can say when we released ("Rosie's Rescue"), it got X number of reviews. They are more likely to be willing to invest if they see that you had least online success with something else."
“The film turned out even better than I could have hoped, thanks to a very talented cast and crew and tremendous support from the people of Henry County,” said Marsh. "I'm really excited to share it with people. I can't wait for people to see it."
More information about the writer/director can be found at www.FeatherwindProductions.com.