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Quiet on the set

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Henry County resident and writer/director Terry Marsh (left)plans principal filming with Reid Petro (right), the director of photography for “Rosie’s Rescue.”
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A film crew sets up a shot outside the Henry County Historical Society museum. TheNew Castle landmark was just one of several local spots used to film “Rosie’s Rescue” this week.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

New Castle is becoming the “on location” destination for filmmakers.

The most recent short film to feature Henry County homes and landmarks is “Rosie’s Rescue,” a script written and directed by Henry County resident Terry Marsh.

Terry Weston Marsh, a retired physician, has written, created, directed and produced a wide variety of short films. His projects have included a children’s television show with iconic TV painter Bob Ross called, “The Adventures of Elmer and Friends.”

Marsh’s early short films “Lollipop” (2002) and “Outside” (2003) garnered five regional Emmy nominations. His more recent films include “Mr. Cooper Who Fell From the Sky,” which is available on Amazon.

Marsh graduated from Compass College of Cinematic Arts. It was at Compass College that he met cinematographer Reid Petro.

Petro was previously Director of Photography for the independent film “Thy Neighbor” and worked on numerous projects in New York and Atlanta, including social media content for the electronic music artist Marshmello.

When Marsh turned one of his story ideas into the short film “Rosie’s Rescue,” he asked Petro to come down from Detroit to be Director of Photography.

“I was reviewing a list of ideas I’d had 10 years ago... and it turned into Rosie’s Rescue. It’s not anything like my original idea,” Marsh said. “I’m oriented towards things that are not just family-friendly but also have something to say about life and growth and overcoming.”

Marsh said his film is a story about reaching a person’s full potential and, also, redemption. The story shows “it’s never too late to make the right choice or do the right thing,” Marsh said.

“Rosie’s Rescue” is described as a story about a woman in crisis who is trying to make sense of her life by revisiting her past. The decisions she makes today will determine her tomorrows.

When Marsh and Petro began scouting locations to film “Rosie’s Rescue,” they didn’t have to look any farther than Marsh’s corner of East Central Indiana.

Everything they needed for the movie was already here in Henry County.

“I started looking around for locations that we’d need and started finding not just good locations, but people that were willing to participate,” Marsh said.

The film crew shot in a private residence, at Blountsville cemetery, inside and outside the Henry County Historical Society and Museum, outside the New Castle Correctional Facility, at the Henry County Courthouse and outside the Henry County Sheriff’s Department of Investigation on Main Street.

“The county commissioners were unanimous that ‘yeah, we want to support the arts in Henry County,’” Marsh said. “All of a sudden, we’ve got all these great locations and they’re 15 minutes from my house.”

Walnut Ridge also let the crew use an RV as a “green room” for the week they were in town. The Steve Alford Inn offered a discount to Reid’s film crew from Michigan, and they also got help from restaurants in the area with meals and catering.

For their part, the cast and crew were also impressed by the people they worked with in Henry County.

Actress Molly Garner described New Castle as a “classic Americana sort of town.” It was a good setting for the story because Rosie’s story could happen to anybody, Garner said.

Charity Dehmer plays Mrs. Dowel, whose home many will recognize as the Henry County Historical Society museum.

“I think the people have been very welcoming,” Dehmer said. “It’s been very nice to be in a community where everyone is so kind and warm and just happy that we’re here.”

Title character Rosie is played by Tia Link, an actress who came to Indiana by way of New York. Not every community is as welcoming to film crews from out of town, Link said.

New Castle’s unexpected response to out-of-towners actually reflects the script Marsh wrote, Link said.

“It mirrors, a little bit, the story. Which is that Rosie has not been shown a lot of kindness in her life,” Link said. “It has made it a little easier to play Rosie because everyone has been so welcome and kind and open.”

The characters in “Rosie’s Rescue” are predominantly female, which is something that caught the eye of several of the actors.

“From a female perspective, very few roles are written well for us,” Link said. “Very few scripts excite me anymore, I think because the women tend to be very flat. Paper thin.”

This script was different.

“Rosie had such a depth,” Link said. “Because it is so well written, my job as an actor is so easy. I can just be Rosie. I don’t have to be Tia at all to bring her to life because she’s so full.”

Indiana talent showed up behind the screen, as well.

Avon-based make up artist Julie Powers showed off her skills by turning 40 year old actor Eric Olson into 70-something Curly, the man Rosie spends her journey searching for. Powers was also responsible for the cast’s hair and wardrobe between takes.

Filming for “Rosie’s Rescue” wrapped and now Marsh has the movie ready for post-production and editing.

He hopes the 22-minute short film will be ready for the film festival circuit by spring 2020.

For more information on the film, visit www.rosiesrescuemovie.com/