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Minds behind 'The Blair Witch Project' seek extras for film

People of all ages sought for wedding, reception scenes in new thriller

September 22, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER
  • Eduardo Sanchez, writer and editor of the 1999 cult phenomenon, "The Blair Witch Project," is part of the creative team that plans to film "The Possession" in Washington County.
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Producers of a movie scheduled to film in Washington County will hold auditions for nonspeaking extra roles on Saturday, Oct. 2.

The minds behind cult phenomenon "The Blair Witch Project" are seeking extras of all ages, including entire families, for a wedding scene and a reception scene in their new thriller "The Possession," according to a press release from the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The open auditions will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Academy Theatre at 58 E. Washington St., near Hagerstown's central parking lot, according to the release.

Writer/editor Eduardo Sanchez, producers Robin Cowie and Gregg Hale and their production company Haxan Films, together with Amber Entertainment, will film "The Possession" across Washington County starting in October.

No firm start date has been set for filming, said Tom Riford, president and CEO of the CVB.

Filmmakers are planning to shoot the wedding scene during the weekend of Oct. 16, he said.

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Additional extras will be cast for the film, including white males ages 35 to 45, Hispanic and black males ages 18 to 25 and white females ages 7 to 17, according to the release.

All local casting will be held the same day, Riford said.

Those interested in any role as an extra should attend the audition on Oct. 2, he said.

The dates for filming other scenes involving additional extras will vary, he said.

Local actors who are members of the Screen Actors Guild also may attend the audition on Oct. 2 to be considered for small speaking roles, according to the release.

Guild actors might be able to perform a short monologue at the audition on Oct. 2 if the schedule permits, according to the release.

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