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Local independent film project announces casting call for principal roles
Local independent film project announces casting call for principal roles

Online Submissions Accepted by July 20, In-Person Auditions to be Held July 21 in Kennesaw

Rising Faith Productions in partnership with St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church is pleased to announce its first casting call for the major motion film project “Five Blocks Away.” On Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. open call auditions will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church (St. Catherine’s) located at 1618 Ben King Road, in Kennesaw. This announcement was made by Kevis Antonio, parishioner of St. Catherine’s and the project’s writer, director and producer.

St. Catherine’s, one of the largest parishes in the archdiocese of Atlanta, has enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to help bring the first full-length motion picture originating from a Catholic parish to life. The film project — with the working title “Five Blocks Away” — is spearheaded by veteran filmmaker Kevis Antonio, who is also founder of Rising Faith Productions. The film will be one of the first Christian films aimed to connect with the young adult audience.

The team has opened the casting call for only some of the principal roles at this time. Actors should bring a headshot and resume to the audition and be prepared to read excerpts (sides) from the script. Keep informed with news of future casting calls on the project’s Facebook page. The four principal roles (paid roles) currently being cast are:

  • Anthony – Male, 25-30 yrs. old. Athletic build, average height. The lead. Likeable, focused, searching  
  • Nick – Male, 25-30 yrs. old. Average height. Arrogant, greedy, slick, manipulative
  • Katie – Female, 25-30 yrs. old. Slender/athletic build. Endearing, compassionate, fun-loving, smart
  • Kevin –Male, 25-30 yrs. old. Anthony’s sidekick, funny, witty, quirky

In addition to in-person auditions, Kevis Antonio and team are currently accepting online auditions from actors out of the metro Atlanta area. For more information please log onto www.facebook.com/fiveblocksawaymovie and submit the following to fiveblocksawaythemovie@gmail.com:

  • Role submitting for (write in the subject line of the email)
  • Resume (include age range and links to videos of previous work, if any)
  • Recent headshot
  • Recent full-body photo
  • Submit a :30 to :45 second improvisational or monologue video. Videos do not need to be professionally produced. Cell phone camera, webcam, flip cam, etc. are permissible, just have clear audio. Please submit one video per each role applying for.

To learn more about “Five Blocks Away” and to get involved or donate to the production, visit www.fiveblocksawaymovie.com.

The “Five Blocks Away” story is about a young man, Anthony Seton, who devotes all his energy to the success of a business he runs with his friends. He's fully invested in achieving a high salary, partying, and living the good life when his familiar, solid ground begins to crumble. New relationships, faith, lies, family turmoil and illegal events turn everything upside down and put him on a quest to find what really matters in life.

“With the success of other Georgia-based Christian films such as ‘Fireproof’ and ‘Courageous,’ there is no better time than now to join in the momentum of producing faith enriching films for the mass audience,” exclaimed Antonio who wrote the initial screenplay for “Five Blocks Away” and is currently working with Erika Hill, fellow St. Catherine of Siena parishioner and a Southeast Regional EMMY® Award–winning writer/producer, on the script’s rewrites.

Antonio has plans to direct and produce a five-week production schedule early this fall 2012. In order to move the film project into the pre-production phase, donations are needed to fund it. The goal is to raise $550,000 by July 31, 2012. St. Catherine of Siena is encouraging everyone to help spread the word and to prayerfully consider donating online (from $10 and up) to this project at www.fiveblocksawaymovie.com or by calling 678.575.4331 for details on where to mail a check.

About Rising Faith Productions

Rising Faith Productions, founded by Kevis Antonio, is a metro Atlanta-based Catholic feature film company whose mission is to deliver powerful Christian messages through Hollywood quality movies that challenge today’s society by creatively illustrating God's love, forgiveness, and the way to salvation.

About St. Catherine of Siena

In 1981, in response to the phenomenal growth of Catholics in northwest Georgia, Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan decreed the establishment of a new parish in Kennesaw, Georgia.  Fr. Leo Herbert was appointed the founding Pastor. The new parish was named and St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) was selected as patroness. By 1983 St. Catherine’s was the fastest growing parish in the Archdiocese and a fundraising drive helped break ground on its current site in 1986. Future additions over the years positioned the parish to accept a new Catholic elementary school and St. Catherine of Siena school opened in 2002. In 2009 Rev. John M. Matejek, a St. Catherine’s parishioner prior to entering the priesthood, was named the parish’s fifth pastor. Today, the parish continues to be in the top 10 parishes within the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The members of St. Catherine of Siena dedicate themselves to Jesus by serving the parish and community and are called to share gifts, talents and resources for the glory of God our Father. Visit www.stcatherinercc.org for more information.