- People swarmed around director and Marion native Rusty Gorman before the showing
of Gorman's movie Home of the Giants.
said he was excited that so many people and Marion residents came to watch the
"It looks like there's a lot
of cars out there," he said. "There are quite a few people here from
Marion, which means Marion is supporting the movie, and that's exciting."
movie, inspired in part by Gorman's experiences in Marion, showed at 3 p.m. Saturday
at the AMC Clearwater Crossing movie theater in Castleton as part of the annual
Heartland Film Festival.
Many of Gorman's
friends, including his former high school tennis coach Bill Beekman, were there
to support the director.
a lot to me," Beekman said. "... He's just the kind of guy I felt really
close to. I'm sure (the movie) will be exciting because Rusty always wants things
to be just right."
Even though Gorman
had people all around him giving him support, the director said he was nervous
about showing the film to the audience.
always the technical consideration with showing it in a different movie theater,"
he said. "You worry about how it will sound and how it will look. Then there's
the reaction. You're showing it to the general public as opposed to just family
Gorman thought the audience
would enjoy the show, but he didn't want to make any predictions beforehand.
the looks of the packed auditorium, people were eager to see the film. Right before
the show started, Gorman stood before the large audience and thanked some friends,
as well as some of the actors in the movie. When the movie began and the director
credit came onto the screen, audience members clapped loudly.
claps rang throughout the auditorium once the movie was finished, too. After the
credits ended, Gorman stood once again in front of the audience.
time, however, the star of the movie, Haley Joel Osment, joined him. Audience
members had the opportunity to ask the director and star questions during a 15-minute
Osment said it was an
honor to work with Gorman, especially since he's interested in directing movies,
too. Right now, Osment is a student at New York University and is trying to balance
acting with school.
"It's been an
interesting two years," he said. "It's been a busy time. I actually
had midterms this week."
and college student talked about his life at school and the people he has met
on campus. He said he is double majoring in history and film.
met great people who represent life on film, and that's what I want to do,"
Osment said he decided to act
in Home of the Giantsbecause he was so engrossed in the script and how true-to-life
the script was.
remembered all the right things about (teen life)," he said. "Even really
good films don't portray teenagers correctly, and this was really accurate."
also said he liked working with his fellow actors.
really jelled well in the framework Rusty set up with us," he said.
said he enjoyed working with Osment as well.
a filmmaker, you pursue someone like Haley Joel Osment," he said. "Before
Haley, there was no film. He got the film going."
said some scenes in the movie were filmed in Marion in March 2005. When asked
what he would have done differently in making the movie, he said he wished more
scenes could have been filmed in Marion. However, finances interfered with that,
"There's a lot of things
I'd do differently," he said. "With a low-budget, independent film,
there are a lot of concessions and a lot of compromises. I wanted to shoot more
The movie is about a
basketball star and his friend who get caught up in a robbery. Gorman said he
wanted to shoot more of the movie in Marion in March because that part of the
year is cold and dreary. He wanted to show the audience that there isn't much
for kids to do in Marion during that time, so maybe that's why the kids engaged
in the illegal activity in the film, he said.
said he is unsure whether the film would be released in Marion, but he's hoping
it will be. He should know in three to four weeks, he said.
resident Matt Dubuque, who is a high school friend of Gorman's and plays the assistant
coach in the movie, attended the showing Saturday.
thought we had a great turnout," he said. "We had a packed house. Everyone
was laughing and having a good time. They were all scared at the right time."
Fauser, Gorman's former roommate and director of Marion's Community School of
the Arts, came to watch the film and support his friend.
me, it was so neat to see his dream come true," he said. "What was neat
was seeing the script in its purest form for the first time."
said the movie sends a good message: not to idolize or worship people, but to
do the right thing.
Marion residents Keith
and Christy Conner said they thought the movie was amazing.
was very intense," Christy Conner said. "I was very engaged."
Conner said he enjoyed the parts of the movie that showed scenes of Marion.
made me feel proud to have lived in Marion all my life," he said. "It's
so nice that a Marion native can make a difference in Hollywood."
Originally published October
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