Karen Allen seeking local actors for her film directing debut

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PITTSFIELD >> Actress Karen Allen is making her debut as a film director and she's looking for a local 11-12 year old boy for a leading role, as well as several local male adults.

The short film, to be shot in the Berkshires, is based on the Carson McCullers' short story, "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud." It is set in a cafe in 1947.

Filming will take place over six days in late May and June in southern Berkshire County.

Allen is looking for an 11-12 year old boy who is a good listener, quiet and thoughtful. Previous professional acting experience is not necessary. The other adult roles include two male soldiers, 20-30 years old, and two mill workers, 30-55 years old.

An open casting call — by appointment only — will be held at Berkshire Theatre Group's Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St. in Stockbridge, on March 11 (young boy — 4-6 p.m.; adults 6-8 p.m.) and March 12 (young boy — 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; adults — 3-6 p.m.). Callbacks (for the young boy only) will be noon-4 on March 13.

Already cast in the film are Jeff DeMunn ("The Shawshank Redemption," "The Green Mile," TV's "The Walking Dead") and James McMenamin ("Orange is the New Black").

To schedule an audition, send a picture (adults also include a resume if you have one) to diane.pearlman@gmail.com or call (413) 528-4223. Anyone auditioning should read the story prior to the casting session: www.atreearockacloudthefilm.com/about.html

Most of the production crew will be made up of Berkshire talent as well. Director of photography is Richard Sands. One of the producers is Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative executive director, Diane Pearlman. Brian Long, of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, is the other producer. Assistant director is feature film and television AD, Amy Lynn, and Academy Award nominee Kristi Zea is the production designer.

Complete information about the production is available online at atreearockacloudthefilm.com


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