Producers show extended trailer for 'Charles Claiborne'

By By Jordan Gribble / Special to the American Press

Producers of the film “Charles Claiborne: Sojourn in Lake Charles” held a special screening of the film’s trailer at the Central

School Arts and Humanities Center.

The trailer, which had a running time of nearly 15 minutes, was created with a local cast to give investors an idea of what

the film would be like with a full budget.

The premise of the film involves the character Charles Claiborne, who after surviving being shot in the head in battle during

the American Revolution, realizes that he can regenerate and is unable to die or age.

After Claiborne’s abilities are

discovered a couple of centuries later, he is taken into custody by the

U.S. Center of Neuroscience

for study. Eventually he escapes and seeks refuge in the swamps of

Creole Louisiana, where presumably the story of the finished

film would unfold.

Writer, director and star of “Charles

Claiborne” Jace Johnson, whose other film, “Little Chenier: A Cajun

Story,” also prominently

featured the Lake Area, said he was happy to be able to present

his work Thursday to the people of his hometown.

“Being able to show my work in Lake

Charles means more to me than showing the film anywhere else. That is

why I do this. I

really care about making my hometown proud,” he said. “I just love

the culture and the people here; I feel like Lake Charles

has so much potential, that it’s right on the cusp and I really

want to showcase that.”

The film is still in production and will not be able to be completed until investors are found.

“After tonight’s premiere, we plan on

showing the trailer at festivals around the country to drum up support

and investors,”

Johnson said. “This approach is becoming more and more common as

investors want to see something tangible that’s already produced.”