I don’t think big city producer Jesse Harper of JBH Productions quite understood the popularity behind little Indiana.
I know he must have thought it was a good idea (or else why would he want to waste film on it) but I don’t think he understood why so many people were interested.
WHY are there so many readers and such a large ever-growing Facebook Fan Page for a site about Indiana towns? To think of 50,000 people a month reading about small towns by the beginning of Summer…it’s a lot to take in.
But something happened while on location in Wabash, Indiana.
Filming in Wabash
It began at Wabash County Historical Museum and Modoc’s Market, and continued while we visited Eagles Theater, Charley Creek Inn, Ellen’s A Dress Shop, and Market Street Grill. We didn’t even get to some of my favorite haunts, like Jack in the Box Children’s Consignment or Reading Room Books. But I do believe that after touring incredible place after incredible place–he had a light bulb kind of moment! An “aha!” if you will.
Maybe it was the fact that Wabash, Indiana is a beautiful Indiana town—visually, it’s stunning. Or maybe it’s the fact that we bumped elbows at an artsy gallery, reconnecting with folks we’d seen throughout the day, who spoke with us as though we were friends. Otherwise, it could have been that small town attitude. In this Indiana town? Everyone cared.
Of course, since the producer may have made a retail purchase or two, (which I don’t think he expected to see anything worth buying), those small town prices may have helped a bit too! Kidding aside, those heartfelt words of thanks meant a lot.
It wasn’t just little Indiana and JBH Productions working hard filming, it was the entire town cheering us on and ready to step in and help any way they could. Everywhere we went, we were sincerely thanked just for our presence. JUST for being there. That had to make an impression.
The Thank You
It seems like such a little thing: a thank you. Doesn’t it? But in small towns, it’s sort of what we do–and I think it’s lost in the city. No, I know that the “thank you” is lost in the city. I’ve lived in a few of them. But here? It’s a way of life.
It’s funny. When we got home from shooting the pitch, a man was walking his dog and stopped for a minute so my boys could visit. I have a container to return to a neighbor that she had loaded up with fresh squash. I’ll probably sneak a homemade treat inside as a return thank you.
I can expect a friend to drop off farm fresh eggs before she carries on with her day “just because.” I’m already looking forward to the annual neighborhood circus and block party–and it is months away. A small town is full of meaningful moments in the every day.
Without you, loyal readers, this wouldn’t be possible. Sure, it hasn’t been picked up by a network yet–that’s a bit of a process so we’ll be playing the waiting game, however–there’s a chance. A chance to share little Indiana in a whole new way and to reach more people than ever before! And that just blows me away.
My Thank You’s…
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for reading, thank you for sitting down and taking the time to send me your personal emails as though we were neighbors discussing life over a cup of coffee. Thank you for forcing me to slow down and respond and appreciate the small town hub that little Indiana has become. Thank you for becoming such actively involved Facebook fans. But most of all, thank you for creating such a vibrant online community in little Indiana!
Small towns are destinations—not drive-throughs. Stay on top of the pitching process and help JBH Productions and little Indiana get it out there.
Special thank you to the businesses mentioned above as well as Emily Perkins of Wabash County Historical Museum, Jo and Joyce at Artistica Gallery, Lisa Keffaber of Ellen’s A Dress to Impress Shop, Angie and Mike Beauchamp of Modoc’s Market, and Bill Gerding of Market Street Grill (as well as our server for her sense of humor).
A big howdy to Jason and Alison McClure at McClure’s Orchard, Candie Cooper, Terri and Kelley at Dorothy-Ilene’s, and the man on the street with the rose-colored glasses.
Big thanks to JBH Productions owner Jesse Harper for his fantastic direction, Rick Allen of Key Lime Films for his great eye, and Christine Flohr of Wabash County CVB for arranging our stay (and enduring my multiple phone calls)! My opinions remain mine and mine alone (as always).
Find Pilot episode images and other pictures in Wabash, Indiana on my Flickr photostream.
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