Filmed in Abbeville

The film may be called ‘Dirty Politics’, but for Abbeville resident John Valdetero there was no dirty about the cooperation he received Monday from the city of Abbeville to produce a series of short spots for the film.

“We had the opportunity to film these spot anywhere and I said, why not Vermilion Parish.”

The frames are planned as transition pieces between scenes in the film that will be featured as political or campaign commercials based upon the main character of the movie, played by Valdetero, Jimmy Meaux, a U.S. Senator running for President of the United States.

The writer and director of the movie, Erath resident Steve Estab was on site as an extra and as a member of the crew. Estab showed up in the background of a shot handcuffed and being motivated to move by Officer Todd O’Bryan while Jimmy Breaux conversed with two other officers Jay Capterville and Lester Luquette.

“I only want to do this one more time,” Esteb said as he shook off the enthusiasm of Officer O’Bryan for a third time.

“The second one was better,” assistant cameraman, Blake Palmintier said.

The cast and crew then moved to the courthouse for the “presidential looking” shot.

The film, according to Esteb will be completed by June 1 and will then be shown at film festivals and openings across the country.

In addition to the officers filmed, three other extras were grabbed from the crowd.

Chairman of the Abbeville Film and Visitor’s Commission, Gale Luquette was present for the shooting in a support capacity to Valdetero who also serves on the commission.

Luquette was volunteered along with Meridional Editor, Rachel Cherry and Assistant District Attorney, Laurie Hulin.

Another local who made the cut in the film is former Erath Chief of Police, Steve Peltier.

“We had a great time making the film and now we are editing for the final cut right here in Erath,” Peltier stated.

Along with all the local talent, the film will feature Beau Bridges, Judd Nelson, Howard Hessman and Melissa Peterman (the Reba Show).

“Although the main story is politics, this dark comedy is being released at the tail end of the election season when people will be ready to laugh,” Estab said.

For more information on Dirty Politics go to

For more information about the Abbeville Film and Visitor’s Commission contact Rachel Cherry at 893-4223.

For more photos of the shoot see page 9.


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