A Chicago-based independent filmmaker is planning to shoot portions of its first feature-length movie in Huntingburg this summer.
Roger Welp, a 1989 graduate of Southridge High School, is an executive producer for production company Family Squid. His parents, Richard and Rosie Welp, still live in Huntingburg.
Welp will be producing “The Long Bath” a dark comedy concerning an old man’s suicide, how it connects three sets of characters, and how it helps each set of characters deal with their various issues.
Welp says he wanted to bring this film home and thought that Huntingburg fit the backdrop for the film. He said the opportunity to make the film in his hometown came up when Family Squid began looking at Louisville as a potential location for filming.
Welp says the film will likely be shot in locations across Southern Indiana and in the greater Louisville area, though he says the crew might spend up to a week of the allotted 18 days for the filming in Huntingburg.
Welp says several well-known actors have expressed interest in appearing in the film, but wouldn’t reveal names as negotiations were in progress. Welp will play a supporting role in the film.
Area residents will also get an opportunity to appear in the film as Family Squid will issue a call for extras.
The film’s official debut will be set for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January.