Supernatural series raises awareness of inhalant abuse

Author Stacie Triche (middle) poses on the red carpet at the Covington Movie Tavern
 with the lead actors Macy Rivet (left), cast as Aurora, and Brennan Borison
(right), cast as Charlie.
The Lion's Roar/Megan Ferrando

Author and Hammond resident Stacie S. Triche has been using her supernatural “Concealed Names” series as a means to raise awareness for inhalant abuse, which her nephew Charles Stroud died from. The movie book trailer premiered Thursday, November 12 at the Movie Tavern in Covington through a special red carpet event.

“It’s raising awareness to the huffing, which our nephew passed away from,” said Carlyle Triche, husband of Stacie Triche. “It’s all little pieces, and little pieces add to big pieces. We just hope the awareness gets out there. We hope social media takes off and they actually make the book trailer into a movie. We hope that the right people see it. With social media, anything is possible. With the Lord himself everything is possible.”

Stacie Triche has been visiting many schools to educate students about the dangers of huffing. During the movie trailer premiere, Stacie Triche spoke on film about her nephew’s story. This is one way she has used the series to educate others about huffing. 

The book itself was originally written as a way to bring awareness to bullying. The story centers around an average adolescent, Charlie, who is inspired by Triche’s nephew Charles. Charlie of the story is summoned by the supernatural world. He falls for a girl, Aurora, and must choose between her and fulfilling his destiny. 

“The original message was against bullying because I was bullied severely in elementary,” said Stacie Triche. “I wanted to show it’s not a war of flesh and blood, it’s a supernatural warfare. So that’s why in the trailer you can see the devil is literally fighting against these teenagers who have a mission from God.” 

The first book of the series was released in 2014. After the death of her nephew in March of 2015, Stacie Triche recalled her nephew telling her that she can make a difference through her series. She is now putting her efforts towards increasing awareness of both bullying and inhalant abuse. 

“My nephew actually saw me on one of my television interviews so he said, ‘Aunt, I’m so proud of you. You’re going to help a lot of kids,’” said Stacie Triche. “And because of that I knew he would want to continue that message, to share in order to save other kids lives.”

According to Stacie Triche, she constantly receives letters, emails and messages from kids, parents and more who explain they know someone who has huffed or that they huff themselves, and are now no longer going to. Many who have reached Stacie Triche also explain they were unaware one could die from huffing. 

“Huffing was something I didn’t even know about,” said 2015 Miss Southeastern Emily Randon, who was in attendance for the premiere. “To see those statistics was so alarming and it definitely brought the issue to my attention so I’m really happy this film is going to bring attention to such a huge issue.”

The film itself was made without a budget. All those on and off set were helping on a primarily volunteer basis. Director Eric Mac did the special effects himself and spent many hours creating a vision to portray the book.

“I read the book, looked at the cover, and you couldn’t tell anything by the cover [on] what the book is,” said Mac. “They say don’t judge a book by its cover because most people do. I wanted to try to give something different; where people can actually get excited. There’s a lot of action. So if people see this, it’s going to make them more interested.”

The movie book trailer was filmed in the Hammond area and featured multiple Southeastern students and Hammond residents, including senior management major Brennan Borison, who played the lead role of Charlie. 

The process of making the trailer involved actor auditions, receiving permits for areas such as Cate Street Park and much more. Many in Hammond, including the Downtown Development District, the Hammond Police Department, the Hammond Fire Department and more assisted in making this trailer possible. 

“Mayor Pete Panepinto, he was solely responsible for helping me get streets closed,” said Stacie Triche. “His wife, Don, I must have called her five times. She helped with street closure, she helped with permits, she helped with just anything I needed to close down parking spots around the park. The fire department showed up, the police department showed up. They had their emergency vehicles there on set for us to film.”

According to Stacie Trish, producers are already interested in the “Concealed Names” series, and were anticipating the release of the trailer. 

To view the movie book trailer, search “Concealed Names Trailer” on YouTube.  To learn more about the books or Stacie Triche’s mission against inhalant abuse, search for author Stacie S. Triche on Facebook.