News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 13, 2012

Clinton film company hopes to promote latest production

Candy Beard plans to enter film in a ‘couple of festivals’

Brian Boyce
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — An angry mob of protesters screamed for justice outside a local warehouse Sunday afternoon, but politics was the farthest thing from their minds.

Candy Beard and the cast of her newest movie readied the set at a warehouse in the 5000 block of North 13th Street. The film, titled “Guilty,” revolves around a crooked attorney named Johnathon Baxter who profits from the defense of murderous villains.

Beard’s company, Dreams Come True Films, just wrapped up “This Promise I Made” and is preparing “In A Cage” to come out later this year. The Clinton resident said “Guilty” is a short film she hopes to promote.

“I’d like to put it in a couple of festivals,” she said in the parking lot as actors prepared their protest signs.

The film’s co-directors are Candy’s son, Daniel, and Sara Bakay, who starred in “This Promise I Made.”

“From the script and the scenes I have seen already, it should be a good short film,” Bakay, a professional actress living in Kentucky said. The 24-year-old got her start acting in plays while in college before moving on to independent film work such as “Guilty.”

The scenes shot Sunday involved citizens protesting outside Baxter’s office. Brenda Wilson of Prairie Creek played the attorney’s secretary, a first for her.

“It just seemed like it would be a lot of fun,” she said. “I’ve been in plays before, but never a film.”

Bruce Royer played the role of Eddie Hughes, a recovering alcoholic who wound up murdered, the victim of one of Baxter’s clients.

“I think this is wonderful,” Royer said, adding he also participated in “This Promise I Made” as well as “The Drunk,” another independent film produced in Terre Haute. “It’s so much fun and I’m glad to see stuff like this happening here.”

Chris Huley, 19, also portrayed a victim, Robbie Mitchell, a homeless man who wound up murdered by one of Baxter’s clients.

“When I read it, I thought it was a really good story line,” the Indiana State University theater major said.

Beard said fans can keep track of her films on Facebook, as each has its own page in addition to her own and that of Dreams Come True Films.

Brian Boyce can be reached at 812-231-4253 or brian.boyce@tribstar.com.