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Actors Needed For Van Buren Film

August 23, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 23--Members of a local film company are asking friends and strangers to join together for an enlightening step back in time.

Mad Possum Production Co. will host a casting call for a short film from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at the King Opera House, 427 Main St. in Van Buren, said Devon Parks, the film's director and MPPC president.

Men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds are needed for main roles and extras in the movie, which will focus on the opera house's activities since 1901, he said.

"We hope to give the city of Van Buren a valuable tool that will attract more visitors to the King Opera House and to Main Street," said the 24-year-old Parks, a 2007 Van Buren High School graduate who lives in Van Buren.

Funded in part by the Certified Local Goverment Grant through the Van Buren Historic District, the film is being created via a partnership between MPPC, the city of Van Buren and the King Opera House Commission, he said. The film will be shot from Dec. 28 through Jan 4 and will re-create the KOH's "glory days at the close of the Victorian period," as well as its still-celebrated years as the Bob Burns Movie Theater in the 1940s, Parks said.

"I'm confident that the piece will be both informative and entertaining," said Parks, who also directed the locally produced films "Best in Blue" and "Emma's Gold."

Parks will be joined for the upcoming film by cinematographer Travis Joiner, art director Chuck King, designer Terry McGonigle and composer Kevin Croxton. Janice Cochrane, KOH manager, has provided documentation and research for the script, Parks said.

"I'm excited about the level of professionalism in our production staff," he said. "We're all excited."

Those interested in the film roles can download an audition form at www.madpossum.com.

For information, email contact@madpossum.com.

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