The creators of the feature film, “The Banality,” are seeking background actors for two locations here in Greenville.
The film, co-written and co-directed, by St. Joseph Catholic School graduate Strack Azar has just begun production in the city.
“We are in our first week of production and thus far have been capturing some great imagery around town,” Azar said. “Our cast and crew arrived this week from different parts of the country and we look forward to working with them and our local talent to achieve something special.”
The call for background actors consists of two separate groups. The first will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at for ages 15-23 at E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, 323 S. Main St. Extras are asked to wear khaki pants or khaki skirt if possible.
The second call for background actors is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 Main St. This call is for all ages and participants are asked to wear Sunday clothes with an extra sweater or change of shirt.
Interested parties should RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via text message to 206-850-1219.
Azar, son of local country star musician Steve Azar, and Michael Stevantoni have written and are co-directing the original feature film.
“The Banality,” they said, is a supernatural drama about a small-town priest who attempts to console a couple whose son was killed under suspicious circumstances, all the while struggling to decipher a series of inexplicable visions.
Azar said he initially wanted to make a short film in the Delta to “take advantage of all the beautiful scenery.”
They did just last summer that when they filmed a short film featuring local residents, including Wade Chambers and Woody Wilkins.
Azar was born and raised in Nashville and graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in Greenville before moving to Los Angeles to study at Chapman University’s film school.
It was at college where Azar met Stevantoni, of Vancouver Island, Canada, and the two have been writing and making movies together ever since.
Having recently graduated from film school, Strack said he wanted to return to the Delta to direct his debut feature film, having been inspired by the region’s lush scenery and the award-winning short film he directed in town last summer.