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Charlemont casting call on Sunday for new film

CHARLEMONT — Want to be in the movies?

Hollywood actor/Charlemont resident Jordan Marder will be holding a casting call Sunday at Berkshire East for “Then There Was” — a feature film with scenes to be shot in Charlemont and Shelburne Falls starting later this month.

“Then There Was” will star Marder, as well as other television and movie actors: Mark Valley, best known as Brad Chase in “Boston Legal;” Ronny Gene Blevins of the Batman Film “The Dark Knight Rises;” Abraham Benrubi of “ER” and the movie “Twister;” and Costas Mandylor, known for “The Saw” movies and for his role as gangster Frank Costello in the 1991 film “Mobsters.”

The director will be Louis Mandylor, Costas’ brother. Louis Mandylor is perhaps best known for his role in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

Marder is also the film’s producer and developed this story, about a global blackout and its effect on people in a small New England town. He said principal photography in the area will begin the week of Sept. 24

The film’s main characters include four rebellious college students, an expectant couple and a lone survival expert in a small town, who are confronted with a global blackout. They struggle for survival as society falls apart around them.

Marder, 40, appeared in the film “L.A. Confidential,” and has more recently appeared in such TV series as “24,” “The X Files,” “NCIS” and “The Drew Carey Show.”

Marder’s family moved to Charlemont when he was 7 years old, and he still maintains a family home there.

Some of the movie scenes are to be shot on his property, as well as that of another private landowner. He is also planning to film scenery and aerial scenes. He plans to do some filming at Avery’s General Store and at the Mohawk Park Restaurant.

The casting call will be held on the second floor of the Berkshire East Ski Lodge, beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Those who have publicity stills are welcome to bring them along, but photos are not manditory.

“We’re looking for all shapes and sizes,” Marder said of the movie extras. “We’re looking for background actors to play townsfolk and campers in from out-of-town.”

Because this is a small independent film, the background actors won’t be paid money, but they will have their names listed on the credits at the end of the movie. Also, they will be fed during their days of filming.

When asked how many background characters he wants, Marder said, “As many as possible. We will pick and choose from this group.”

Also, Marder said he would like to hold a food-drive for the local community. He has asked that those coming for the casting call bring a nonperishable canned good for donation when they come.

The ski resort is located at 66 Thunder Mountain Road, off Route 2. For more information, call: 702-376-2330.

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