Casting call announced for Potterville derailment movie

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Are you ready for your close-up?

This could be your chance to be in a film focused on the 2002 train derailment that forced the evacuation of Potterville.

Academy Award-nominated film director Sam Davis is looking for area residents for roles in the film “Cents”.

Davis is using the derailment as a backdrop for a coming-of-age film to filmed in Potterville this summer.

Finding just the right people to act in the film starts with this weekend’s casting call, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Potterville High School, located at 420 N. High St.

Davis and his team will be holding auditions for five specific roles in the movie, several of which they hope to fill with young people who have little or no acting experience. 

A faulty track derailed 35 Canadian National train cars on Memorial Day weekend in 2002.

Nearly 2,200 residents were forced to leave their homes for a week, and schools and businesses closed their doors while emergency crews worked to clear mangled railroad cars that were leaking propane and sulfuric acid.

Davis, who helped produce and film the documentary “Period. End of Sentence.,” is up for an Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony Feb. 24.

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