Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Feature Film in New Philly, Ohio

Open casting call for a feature film being shot in and around Tuscarawas County. All ages and types. No experience necessary.

Performing Arts Center
Kent State Tuscarawas
330 University Drive NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Sunday, June 26, Noon – 6 p.m.
Monday, June 27, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Just show up. No appointment necessary. Be sure to bring a current photo.

Title: Old Fashioned
Genre: Romantic-comedy
Rating: PG (expected)
Log-line: A former frat boy and a free-spirited woman together attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” courtship in contemporary America.

*** Ever want to be in a movie? This is your chance! Read more below…

Skoche Films has announced an “open” Ohio casting call for the upcoming feature film, “Old Fashioned,” which will be shooting in Tuscarawas County and surrounding areas this fall. In addition to casting sessions for professional actors being held around the country, the production wanted to offer local residents (with or without acting experience) a shot at stardom and has scheduled two special casting sessions on June 26 & 27 at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas.

“There is a lot of great natural acting talent that never gets the chance to shine,” said Ohio native Rik Swartzwelder, the film’s writer-director. “This is that chance. We’re thrilled to give Ohio residents the opportunity to audition. There is an authenticity to the people here that just cannot be ‘faked.’ I’m very optimistic about what we may discover and fully expect to cast some roles as a result,” added Swartzwelder, who now lives in Los Angeles but was actually raised in New Philadelphia and is a graduate of Tuscarawas Valley High School.

All ages and types are encouraged to apply and should have a current photo to bring to the audition. Previous acting experience is a plus, but not required. No appointment is necessary.

On Sunday, June 26, auditions will be held from noon – 6:00pm. On Monday, June 27, auditions will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00pm. Both sessions will be hosted by The Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas, located at 330 University Dr. NE in New Philadelphia.

For interested locals that would like to be involved behind the camera or help with the production in other ways, official calls for crew, volunteers, and community partners are forthcoming. For more info, contact oldfashionedmovie@gmail.com or call 330-602-2420, ext. 220. For updates and links to the “Old Fashioned” Facebook page and film production blog, visit www.oldfashionedmovie.com.

Filming of “Old Fashioned” is expected to begin in late September and will wrap in early November. Limited pre-production activities, including location scouting and casting, are already under way.

A romantic-comedy, “Old Fashioned” centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy in his mid-30s, who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and out-dated theories on love and romance. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a gypsy soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” courtship in contemporary America.

Skoche Films of Burbank, California, the company producing “Old Fashioned,” has multiple active feature projects in various stages of development. “Old Fashioned” marks the first of the company’s slate to move into production and is the feature-film directorial debut of Swartzwelder, who is a veteran director of numerous acclaimed short films.

Swartzwelder is a writer-director-producer whose films have screened at over 145 film festivals worldwide and garnered over 50 major awards, including a Crystal Heart Award (Heartland Film Festival) and a Best Ohio Short Film Award (Cleveland International Film Festival) for his 35mm short “The Least of These” and the Student Emmy for his highly acclaimed graduate thesis film, “Paul McCall.” Other honors include two CINE Golden Eagles plus one CINE Special Jury Award, four ITVA-DC Peer Awards, and the Sprint PCS Filmmaker of the Future Award.