of the Giants' to play at Indy film festival
native's film inspired by hometown; some footage shot here Some scenes will look
familiar City proud of director, movie Gorman's career bright
basketball and a dream for directing set the scene for Marion native Rusty Gorman
to make his debut film, Home of the Giants.
film stars Oscar-nominated actor Haley Joel Osment and will be shown next week
in Indianapolis at the Heartland Film Festival
was Rusty's first feature film, but if you didn't know that, you certainly wouldn't
be able to tell by the way he directed the film," Osment said this week.
will likely join Gorman on Saturday for a 3 p.m. screening of the film, which
will include a question-and-answer time afterward.
a 1980 Marion High School graduate, finished the film, which though fictitious
is influenced by his experience in Marion and includes shots of the city. It was
shown Friday and Saturday at the Chicago International Film Festival, and the
next step will be film festivals and a potential theatrical release in spring
"I hope that anyone in Marion
that has the opportunity will come down to Indy and see the film at the festival,"
Osment said he was happy with
the end result of the film.
had a vision for this film for many years now, and we worked really hard shooting
everything we could," Osment said. Saturday will be Osment's first trip to
Osment said Gorman has a lot of
good ideas and that he will have a bright future in the film industry. He said
Gorman was "a nice guy," "personable" and handled bumps in
the road well.
For Gorman, directing the
film, which he also wrote, helped fulfill plans for his life.
the movie is released wide and goes well, then I'll be living my dream,"
Gorman said. "(But) you just never know - it's a crazy business. When I was
making Home of the Giants, I was having a ball."
wrote the script for the film and wanted to film it all in Marion, he said, but
in the end it was North Carolina's tax breaks for the film industry that sent
the project out of state.
A crew did, however,
come to Marion in spring 2005 to capture scenery footage. Grant County residents
will recognize shots of stores and restaurants on the Bypass, Matter Park, the
Marion VA Medical Center and more.
crew used Gorman's brother's dental practice, Gorman Center for Orthodontics,
as home base for filming. Because of that, the practice is mentioned in a radio
advertisement in the film.
Matt Dubuque plays the assistant coach in the film; Marion native Robert Garlati
also has a role in the film as an angry fan. Both were high school friends of
Gorman's. Dubuque was a basketball player for the Giants.
film stars Osment, Ryan Merriman and Danielle Panabaker. Set in the present-day,
Robert "Gar" Gartland (Osment) is a high school journalist who covers
his high school basketball team on their way to the state championship. Gar's
best friend (Merriman) is the team's star and is asked to throw the game; Gar
gets caught in the middle.
this was the first time he portrayed a regular high school kid. He said very few
films are able to really portray how high school students interact with each other.
really treated these young kids with respect in the screenplay," Osment said.
father, Eugene, plays a police officer in the film. Osment said besides working
with Gorman, it was also a pleasure working with Merriman, Panabaker and Kenneth
"Their performances are
so outstanding," he said.
19, is a New York University student studying film and history. He hopes to write
and direct films.
Gorman calls the Home
of the Giants a coming-of-age story, which includes some suspense. He said there's
a local feel with Marion's scenes, even though the majority of the film was made
out of state.
Gorman said local politicians
were working with him to bring the filming to Marion.
had certain images in mind that are only in Indiana," Gorman said, adding
that he had wanted the games to be shot at Marion High School's gym.
Wayne Seybold said he's disappointed most of the movie ended up being filmed elsewhere
because, he said, a few people at the state level dropped the ball. A movie production
would have been good for the local economy, he said.
we're thrilled that the movie happened," he said. "We're all thrilled
that it's based around Indiana basketball. It's a very, very exciting thing for
the city of Marion. It's kind of a sad thing for the state of Indiana that it
wasn't filmed here - everyone wanted it filmed here."
plans on to go to the Indianapolis film festival, as does Mark Fauser, executive
director of Marion's Community School of the Arts.
who was once a roommate of Gorman's in Los Angeles, said Gorman is an inspiration
because he insisted on living his dream and directing the film himself.
believe in Rusty," Fauser said.
one of the Marion residents in the movie, said filming was one of the neatest
experiences of his life. He also plans on attending next week's screening and
said he loved meeting fascinating people in the film industry.
was thrilling to see one of my best friends, oldest friends be a part of that,"
For Garlati, the other Marion
native in the film, the movie was an inspiration to him to keep on acting. Garlati's
name was the inspiration for Gar's nickname in the movie. He said there's no question
about it that Marion residents would like the film.
opening scene is in Marion," he said. "I think they'd like it a lot,
yeah. It's just easy to tell it's our culture."
said the film is in festivals now to give it exposure. Producers are working on
a deal for domestic release, he said. When and where the film will be released
in theaters is unknown.
Gorman said most
of the movie was filmed in September 2005. The film was delayed for 10 months
because he had to find new financing.
said seeing the end result of the film is rewarding.
had) three great young actors," he said. "They just brought the script
He said it was a privilege
to work with Osment, who is best known for his lead role in The Sixth Sense. Gorman
said Osment has an incredible mind and an unbelievable memory.
couldn't have been nicer, couldn't have been more down-to-earth," Gorman
Dr. Courtney Gorman, Rusty's brother
and local orthodontist, said Marion residents will love the film.
about growing up in a small Indiana town, and basketball is the centerpiece in
it, and that's about Marion, Ind.," he said.
Gorman added that he's "so proud" of his brother.
been in this business for a long, long time, and he's been working to direct the
film since he graduated college," he said.
Gorman has written scripts for other films, including the upcoming Droneand Food
of the Gods.
Gorman lives in Chicago with
his wife, Gayle Teicher, and three children, Quinn, 8, Logan, 7, and Phoebe, 2.
Quinn and Logan appeared in Home of the Giants.
earned a master's degree in film production at the University of Southern California.
He received his undergraduate degree in radio, television and film from Northwestern
"It's a lot of fun,"
Gorman said of his career. "When I'm working, I love it. The though part
is there's not a lot of job security in the film business.
goal is to continue on directing. Directing has always been my end goal."
Originally published October
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