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  • Director/producer Daniel Derousseau on the set of "Deadly Memories: Lost & Found," which is the subject of his documentary, "Indie Film (a Love Story)."
Director/producer Daniel Derousseau on the set of "Deadly Memories:…
August 02, 2013|By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy | For RedEye

Robby Celestin didn't think he'd ever become Jim Blade again. At least, not since he laid to rest the action hero he'd created almost 25 years ago. Since then, he'd started his own video production company and become a touring musician, not exactly the world-beating star of "Deadly Memories," the public access movies he'd been enlisted to create at 16 years old.

"I got a call from my brother (Daniel DeRousseau), based on the success of an independent film he did called 'Victims of Circumstance,' he said he wanted to bring that old character back," said Celestin, 42. "He said, 'Let's write a story, and let's do this.' "

So the brothers started making a third installment to the franchise, "Deadly Memories: Lost & Found," this year, with the help of their other brothers as well. Celestin wrote and stars in the film, while his other two brothers directed and choreographed it. Derousseau is one of the producers but is also directing a documentary about the making of their new film, called "Indie Film (a Love Story)."

"It's about comparing the differences in technology from the first [movies] to now, going behind the scenes on the third movie," Derousseau said. "My brother made the first movies when I was in high school, so I always thought it was interesting, him being 16 and pulling off making these films. I thought it was a story the world needed to hear."

Celestin said the documentary will be a good bridge to show what's changed and what hasn't.

"It's been a blast back in the film thing, and I'm trying to focus on how much the indie film world has changed. When I left it 20-some years ago, to see the differences between then and now, it's been a lot of fun, and this is all amped up," he said.

The new "Deadly Memories" will feature some new stuff, such as fight scenes with real MMA fighters and a Celestin-composed soundtrack, but he has noticed that some old constants, like storyboarding, have proved just as useful today as they were when he left the industry.

"Indie Film" has a possibility of a premiere sometime in October or November, and has a few distribution companies interested. There's also a chance the brothers could hit the festival circuit, Derousseau said.

"It's gonna be a great documentary," he said. "I want people to be able to feel like they can go out and make a movie. I hope they get some inspiration."
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