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Mark Bennett B-Sides

June 27, 2008

B-Sides: Steve Martin and Terre Hauteans have a crazy tale to tell

TERRE HAUTE —

An ideal chance to chuckle, completely free of charge, arrives in unique fashion today inside the Indiana Theatre. The crew from 3Docs Productions wants to film any local folks willing to reminisce about comedian Steve Martin’s fascination with Terre Haute in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Participants will be featured in an upcoming documentary movie titled “One Wild and Crazy City.”

Producer Gary Wood thinks the possibly 90-minute flick could make the elite Cannes or Sundance film festivals in 2009.

Imagine that, Terre Haute in the Cannes Film Festival.

First, though, the cameras must begin rolling. That process starts this morning at 8 o’clock in the lobby of the Indiana, and will continue until 2 p.m. People who’d like to share memories of Steve Martin will register with a team of volunteers from Indiana State University in the lobby. Then participants will head to the theater stage, where Wood and co-producer Justin Escue will interview them on camera.

Participants won’t get paid, but will get their names in the film’s credits, Wood said. And while they’re waiting for their turn on stage, Indianapolis comedian “Otto” is scheduled to entertain them, Wood added.

After enduring a June filled with flood damage and $4-a-gallon gas, the opportunity to appear in “One Wild and Crazy City” offers a refreshing respite from headaches and frustration.

“It definitely gives everybody a chance to get away from their troubles,” Wood said Friday, “and be in a movie, maybe with Steve Martin.”

The producers hope Martin will agree to be interviewed — at any location around the country he wishes — about that wacky era, when he used Terre Haute as a running joke. Wood also hopes Carl Reiner, who produced Martin’s Terre Haute-connected movies “The Jerk” and “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” would be willing to be interviewed, too.

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