ELDON'S 'ROSIE'S RECUE' INTERVIEW
Originally posted on March 20, 2020, and updated in December 2023.
Post-production is finishing up on "Rosie's Rescue," a short film shot at several locations in Henry County last fall, with a premiere planned for May in New Castle.
The film is the story of a young woman in crisis, who survived a difficult childhood only to be plunged into her biggest crisis yet, as she sets out on a quest to find a man who saved her life when she was a little girl.
"I was real happy with the crew and cast," Director Terry Weston Marsh told The Middletown News. "They're all professionals. They worked hard and I really think it's going to show in the final product."
The cast has some veteran actors, including Molly Garner, who plays Jean.
Garner is an actress, singer, dancer and writer who has performed in national tours of "Mary Poppins," "101 Dalmations" and "Billy Elloit." Her regional theater experience ranges from Los Angeles to New York and points in between.
Garner's character in"Rosie's Rescue," Jean, is Rosie's friend, her "saucy sidekick," Garner told The Middletown News, who "kind of tries to shake her out of her misery and take action to take more control over her life. This journey of self-discovery is something that she is able to do, with Jean's assistance. Jean is kind of a 'kick in the pants,' " Garner said.
"I always approach the work by trying to figure our what the author's intent is and what the relationship is," Garner added. "This character is very close to home for me. Rosie is sort of a troubled person and Jean is more of a bossy, take charge type. So,I didn't feel like I needed to do that much exploration because it felt very close to home," she joked.
After audiences see the film, Garner said, "I hope they understand that there is some really high quality work being done in Indiana. There are dedicated professionals here. We're doing interesting work about the types of people that you would meet in New Castle or in Muncie, telling stories that could be true to all of us."
"The first time I read the script I cried," Garner added. "It's very moving. It tells a story of finding what's important in life."
"One of the best things about the whole experience was that we had such cooperation from the community," Marsh said. "I just felt that they welcomed the project, they were excited about it and wanted to help however they could."
"I feel like there is a real willingness to support the arts in Henry County," Marsh added. "And I hope that any publicity that a project like this gets would encourage other people to bring their projects to our neighborhood. It would help the economy and kind of boost the cultural spirit."
Marsh said the premier for the film is set for May 2 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in New Castle, with more details to be announced later.
Those interested can follow the film at www.rosiesrescuemovie.com, or "Rosie's Rescue" on Facebook, for lots of information on the cast and crew, as well as behind-the-scenes photos and interviews.