AMERICAN MULLET: Local hair legend gets documentary

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — If you’ve gone out for drinks in the Fort, you’ve likely seen him—a man with a mane that’s business in the front and a party in the back.

The Fort Wayne Mullet Man, Patrick Kopacz, is the subject of a new documentary that chronicles his journey over the past 30 years to becoming a local icon.

Kopacz is often spotted rocking his signature ‘do at Fort Wayne bars with a beer in hand. He has garnered quite a following—with a Facebook page dedicated to sharing Mullet Man sightings that has nearly 6k members.

His well-known love of beer has inspired an ale brewed by Hop River, entitled ‘Silver Mullet’. The beer can be found at Corner Pocket (one of Kopacz’s go-to bars), Hop River, Columbia Street West, and at the documentary’s premiere.

The film was made best friends Dan Epple and Mike Colone along with director Ryne Hastings, who started on the film in the fall of 2017.

Epple said they have an interest in the town’s folk lore and love of local characters like Johnny Appleseed and the Kopacz. They wanted to know what exactly draws the public to these personalities, and honed in on locals’ fascination with the Mullet Man.

The movie, AMERICAN MULLET: Legend of the Silver Fox, premieres during the Three Rivers Festival on July 15 at 9 p.m. in the Ruoff Festival Plaza.

It’s a free event, and you can reserve your seat online here. Epple said over 200 seats have already been reserved for the documentary.

Fort Wayne’s NBC’s Adam Shear will be sharing a special about the film in late July, after the premiere.

Watch the trailer here.

Jazlynn Bebout

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