June 25, 2018
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Movie maker seeking actors

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Philip Kelley hasn’t decided exactly what he wants to do when he grows up, but he’s sure of what he wants to do this summer — be in a movie.

Kelley, 11, of Bangor was one of more than 30 people who auditioned Saturday for “Ramblin’ Round,” a film to be shot between July 12 and Aug. 28 in Bangor, Dexter, Skowhegan and other locations in central Maine.

Auditions were held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the second floor of 193 Broad St., Bangor. L’Aperitif, Tapas Restaurant & Eurolounge and Bangor Travel Services also are located in the building.

People who auditioned did not have to prepare a monologue or other presentation, casting director Allison Twardziak said Saturday. Potential actors read some dialogue from the script and did a bit of improvising while a small video camera captured it all.

“We’ve had a really great response,” she said Sunday, “but we want everyone who’s interested to have the opportunity to reach us.”

Twardziak said Sunday that people who were unable to make the auditions should e-mail their resumes and photos to ramblinroundcasting@gmail.com.

The film has 22 speaking parts for children ages 7 to 16 and adults ages 20 to 70, she said. “Ramblin’ Round” also has several scenes that will need extras without speaking parts.

Ryan M. Bennett, 23, of Pittsfield wrote the script and will co-direct the feature-length film. He already has produced a 22-minute short version of the movie.

The short film was described in a Bangor Daily News article in November as the story of a young inner-city man and woman struggling to find common romantic ground in both reality and a fantasy world they concoct in their shared imaginations. The two are connected by nothing but the string between tin-can phones, which they use to communicate across a dingy alleyway.

Anthony Severance, 19, of Orrington auditioned for a role on Saturday but said he’s “willing to do anything” to work on a film in his home state. A graduate of Brewer High School, Severance is home this summer after completing his freshman year as a film major at New York University.

“I think that right now is a really good time to get involved in independent filmmaking in Maine,” he said. “There are a lot of good things happening here for small independent filmmakers like this one. I want to be able to get in at the ground level of the growth of Maine’s film industry. In the future, I think a lot of great things are going to be happening here.”

On the web: http://ramblinround.com.

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