Want to be a star? Movie auditions Monday


NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH (WOIO) - Movie auditions for the film "Old Fashioned" are Sunday and Monday.

On Sunday, June 26, auditions will be held from noon - 6:00pm. On Monday, June 27, auditions will be held from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00pm. Both sessions will be at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas, located at 330 University Dr. NE in New Philadelphia.

The movie will be about a former frat boy and a free-spirited woman together attempt the impossible: an "old-fashioned" courtship in contemporary America.

 "There is a lot of great natural acting talent that never gets the chance to shine," said Ohio native Rik Swartzwelder, the film's writer-director. "This is that chance. We're thrilled to give Ohio residents the opportunity to audition. There is an authenticity to the people here that just cannot be 'faked.' I'm very optimistic about what we may discover and fully expect to cast some roles as a result," added Swartzwelder, who now lives in Los Angeles but was actually raised in New Philadelphia and is a graduate of Tuscarawas Valley High School.

All ages and types are encouraged to apply and should have a current photo to bring to the audition. Previous acting experience is a plus, but not required. No appointment is necessary.

"We are pleased Rik Swartzwelder is considering our beautiful campus as a possible location for his movie 'Old Fashioned,'" said Dr. Gregg Andrews, dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Tuscarawas. "Our new Performing Arts Center is a perfect venue for the casting call. The theatre stage will provide an excellent setting for auditions, plus the center has ample space for interviews and reception areas. The film company is also considering using the different areas of the campus for filming."

For interested locals that would like to be involved behind the camera or help with the production of "Old Fashioned" in other ways, official calls for crew, volunteers, and community partners are forthcoming. For more info, contact oldfashionedmovie@gmail.com <mailto:oldfashionedmovie@gmail.com> or call 330-602-2420, ext. 220. For updates and links to the "Old Fashioned" Facebook page and film production blog, visit www.oldfashionedmovie.com <http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com/>.

Filming of "Old Fashioned" is expected to begin in late September and will wrap in early November. Limited pre-production activities, including location scouting and casting, are already under way.

A romantic-comedy, "Old Fashioned" centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy in his mid-30s, who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and out-dated theories on love and romance. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a gypsy soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an "old-fashioned" courtship in contemporary America.

 Skoche Films of Burbank, California, the company producing "Swartzwelder is a writer-director-producer whose films have screened at over 145 film festivals worldwide and garnered over 50 major awards, including a Crystal Heart Award (Heartland Film Festival) and a Best Ohio Short Film Award (Cleveland International Film Festival) for his 35mm short "The Least of These" and the Student Emmy for his highly acclaimed graduate thesis film, "Paul McCall." Other honors include two CINE Golden Eagles plus one CINE Special Jury Award, four ITVA-DC Peer Awards, and the Sprint PCS Filmmaker of the Future Award.


His projects have found nationwide and international distribution via First Look Entertainment, Big Film Shorts, Comcast OnDemand, Frontier Airlines, and more. He has received press in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Guardian Unlimited (UK), Scripps Howard, The Desert Sun, Christianity Today, The Indianapolis Star and The Revealer. Swartzwelder earned his M.F.A. in Motion Picture Production from The Florida State University and is invited regularly to teach and speak on film, including engagements at the Damah Film Festival, La Sierra University, and Calvin College.


In 2008, Swartzwelder was invited by the Heartland Film Festival (Indianapolis) to lead the very first workshop offered ("The Craft of Film Directing") as part of their newly launched Heartland Truly Moving Pictures Institute.


In 2005, Swartzwelder joined legendary producer Ralph Winter ("X-MEN" series, "Fantastic Four") and TV writing/producing veteran Luke Schelhaas ("Law & Order", "Smallville", "Touched by an Angel") as part of an interactive panel for the 168 Hour Film Project in Los Angeles.


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