Casting call issued for Jay Craven film


Brattleboro >> Vermont film director Jay Craven ("Peter and John," "Disappearances," "Where the Rivers Flow North") will host a casting call on Thursday, March 3, for a new film, "Wetware," which will be partially shot in Brattleboro.

The picture will be produced during March, April and early May in Vermont and other locations. The casting call will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m, at the Marlboro College Graduate School Room 2E (28 Vernon St, Brattleboro).

Craven is searching for actors, ages 19-60 for various roles. Actors should bring headshots and resumes, if available. Scenes from the script will be provided upon arrival. Contact for further details or to schedule an audition time.

"Wetware" will be produced through the Movies from Marlboro film intensive program, organized by Marlboro College and non-profit film and performing arts producer Kingdom County Productions. Twenty professionals will collaborate with 30 students from a dozen colleges to make an ambitious film for national release.

"Wetware" is a noir thriller set in a near future where cutting edge genetic engineering firm, Galapagos Wetware makes alterations on applicants who are down-on-their-luck to help them forget their past and handle a range of tasks like mopping up crime scenes.

With business booming, genetic programmer Hal Briggs is charged with developing more sophisticated prototypes, Jack and Kay. High-end clients anxiously await these deluxe models, to carry out missions like manned space travel, deep cover espionage, and counter terrorism. Briggs begins to alter some genetic codes, adding qualities to Jack and, especially, Kay, to whom he develops a dangerous attachment.

Briggs' boss, Leslie Carr, has problems of her own. She navigates a thorny relationship with Wendell Blaine, Galapagos' lead investor and chief prognosticator on all matters of money. But tensions mount when Carr and Blaine tangle over field tests, deadlines, and specs. Then, word gets out that Jack and Kay have escaped, before Briggs has completed his work. Briggs scrambles to track his fugitive prototypes and, as he reexamines Jack and Kay's codes, he makes a provocative discovery that will change everything.

The film's vivid characters are originals — flawed, dimensional, and a little absurd. The film will dig into fertile themes of love, work, and freedom, genetic engineering, social costs of living in a wired age, the power of music, and what it is to be human in trying times. It also promises a few good laughs.


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