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Blackbird seeks cast 

Local film shooting in April holds auditions next week

Writer director Jason Buxton will be shooting Blackbird in and around Halifax in April, produced by David Miller and Marc Almon with executive producer Thom Fitzgerald.

Buxton is having an open casting call, looking for teenagers aged 16 to 19. "The film features many youth and will be a great opportunity for many to gain film acting experience," says Buxton.

Auditions will be held in Halifax during the two-week spring break, February 14-18 and February 21-25. Actors will be asked to prepare a scene from the film prior to the audition. To schedule an audition, e-mail Nelson MacDonald, casting associate at nelson@agency71.com.

Here's a portion of the synopsis from Blackbird:

Sixteen year old Sean Randall is in a constant state of war with the world around him. Moving to the small town of Bridgewater to live with his estranged father Ricky, Sean’s fierce rebel persona immediately sets him at odds with the community.

An unlikely bond forms between Sean and a preppy teenage girl named Deanna Roy, who admires Sean and secretly aches to live a different life. Deanna’s boyfriend Cory Simms is deeply threatened by Sean and Deanna’s friendship, resulting in a violent confrontation. Seeking to protect himself, Sean issues an off-handed death threat---and is swiftly arrested.

When the police raid Sean’s home and they find rifles, shotguns, knives and ammunition---all property of Ricky, an avid hunter. They also find a supposed “hit list” with twenty names of people who have tormented Sean, a list written in a fit of anger and long forgotten about---until now. The authorities and the media proclaim another Columbine has been narrowly averted. Sean maintains his innocence while Deanna, fearful of the repercussions, remains quiet.

Denied bail, Sean must endure Waterville, one of the toughest youth prisons in the country. Faced with bureaucratic delays and escalating abuse from Trevor, a sadistic and deeply troubled youth in the same cell block, Sean relents to the advice of his lawyer and pleads guilty to get released on time served. Once released, Sean is ordered to stay away from most kids in town, including Deanna. He changes his clothes, his disposition, everything that he can to fit in and be a “normal” part of society, but is permanently branded a psychopath. Sean quickly discovers the lengths a small town will go to keep this label stamped upon him.

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