Actors Wanted for Film Series Promo Trailer
June 06, 2012
Office of Communications
UMass Boston Holding Inaugural Film Series This Fall
You have a chance Thursday to become a video star. Chico Colvard, curator of the UMass Boston Film Series and a filmmaker himself, is holding a casting call for a trailer to promote the event.
The casting call is Thursday, June 7, in the Small Science Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Science Center, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Actors must be at least 18 years old. Each performer will receive a script for the audition; prepared monologues are welcome, but not required.
Six films will be shown between September 26 and November 29 in the university’s Campus Center Ballroom. Question-and-answer sessions with the directors will follow each screening. The films and the Q&As are free and open to the public.
“Someone said to me that the fall lineup looked like a tribute to the ‘woman warrior,’ in large part because many of the films are directed by women and have women as the central topic,” Colvard said.
Other films in the series examine the legalization of marijuana, the people and places in an industrial city recovering from an economic collapse, an all-American girl who uses art to recover from PTSD after her military experience in the Iraq war, and an unconventional couple. The film series schedule will be announced later.
Colvard, an alumnus and adjunct professor at UMass Boston whose award-winning documentary, Family Affair, premiered at Sundance, says when taking part in screenings, he kept asking himself why the university didn’t have a film series of its own.
“As a filmmaker actively involved in the independent film industry and someone with longstanding ties to UMass Boston, I felt best positioned to curate an innovative and engaging film series. It seemed only natural that UMass Boston be a leader in creating community around the moving image,” Colvard says.
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