Local casting calls for Hancock’s next movie, a romantic comedy, are March 10, 11, 18  

Director John Hancock and screenwriter Tori Titmas.

Filmmaker and LaPorte County native John Hancock is seeking local actors and behind-the-scenes talent for his future film, “The Girls of Summer.”

The Oscar-nominated director, creator of “Prancer” and “Bang the Drum Slowly” among other films, says this new film will be a romantic comedy about a girls country rock band. It’s based on a script written by Tori Titmas, a student at Chicago’s “The Second City” and an audience favorite in the director’s Three Oaks sesquicentennial production, “Three Oaks Against the World.” The sold-out show debuted last fall at The Acorn Theater.

Rehearsals start in June, with the 40-day shoot planned in July and August.

Hancock, who embraces undiscovered talent with each new project, has set auditions in LaPorte, Michigan City and Three Oaks, MI, for this production. The audition dates are:

— Saturday, March 10, from noon to 4 p.m. CDT at LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave.

— Sunday, March 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. EDT (noon to 4 p.m. CDT) at The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI.

— Sunday, March 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. at ArtSpace Uptown Artists Loft, 717 Franklin St., Michigan City.

Those auditioning should bring a recent picture to attach to the application form. During the actual audition, individuals should expect to read from the script. Those interested in singing will be asked to perform “God Bless America.” Musicians — specifically those who play guitar, piano, drum and bass — are invited to play a few bars during auditions.

Anyone interested in being an extra may also attend and fill out a form, as should anyone with technical backgrounds or wishing to join the behind-the-scenes crew. That includes costumes, sets, props and the production office.

Facebook is a great way to stay updated on the movie and express interest in getting involved. Check it out at the FilmAcres page. Anyone needing more information may call (219) 778-2511 or email info@filmacres.com.

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