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August 24, 2013

Former locals create movie

It is the dream of many people to be in a movie, let alone create one.

For most of us, that dream goes as far as to the video store or the theater. For two former Washington residents, the dream of a real motion picture became a reality with “The Debacle.”

“The Debacle” was written and partly produced by Christopher Koenig, a Washington High School graduate who now lives in New Albany. Koenig also plays one of the lead roles in the film and recruited his friend and WHS grad Matt Newton to play a role in the movie.

The plot of the very high quality production is two friends, Vaughn and Larry are regular guys bumbling through life until a chance encounter leads them to 1870s Arizona. There, they are forced to help a struggling town or they cannot return home.

Much of the family-friendly film was shot in Indiana, Kentucky and in Arizona where Koenig and production partner, director and co-star Ryan Wood spent several weeks in the heat working in the same locations where famous Westerns like “Tombstone,” and “The Quick and the Dead” were shot.

The motivation to create the film, Koenig said, was always a goal for him and Wood, one of his best friends. The two had produced short films before, but always wanted to give the full length film project a chance.

“We always thought we could make a movie sometime,” Koenig said. “I said ‘Let’s just do it. It may not work but let’s do it anyway.’”

From there, the two created a production company, Four80 Vault Films, wrote the script and started finding donors to finance the project. They used mainly an extended network of friends and family to raise the funding necessary for the film.

“We did one step after another, just to see if we can do it,” Koenig said.

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