Sunday, April 08, 2001

Film notes

Clooney in Ohio for 'Collinwood'

        George Clooney returns to Ohio this month to shoot a new film, Welcome to Collinwood, and he's bringing some buddies with him.

        Cameras roll in Cleveland April 21 on the comedy written and directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo.

        Other stars in the movie about a bungled pawn shop robbery include Mr. Clooney's Out of Sight co-star Jennifer Lopez, her The Cell co-star Vincent D'Onofrio, plus Luis Guzman, most recently seen in Traffic. It will be directed by Steven Soderbergh.

        Mr. Soderbergh, who recently won a best-director Academy Award for Traffic, also directed Out of Sight and Mr. Clooney's next star vehicle, Ocean's Eleven. The two men are producing Welcome to Collinwood as partners in Section 8 Productions, which next will make the crime thriller Insomnia with Al Pacino and Hilary Swank.

        Casting calls: Closer to home, opportunities for aspiring actors bloom with the tulips. Next up:

        • The Calling, based on the life of controversial faith healer Leroy Jenkins, holds an open call for paid speaking roles and extras from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at 470 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio. Union and non-union players of all ages and ethnicities are invited. Hopefuls should bring a current head shot or reel and a one-minute monologue.

        Dayton native Damian Chapa, who played Lyle Menendez in the 1994 TV movie Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills, will direct and star. Mr. Jenkins is serving as executive producer.

        Information: (740) 368-9422.

        • No pay, but experience, meals, credit and a video copy of the finished product are promised to non-union actors who are cast in Get Right or Get Left, an inspirational coming-of-age story by writer-director Jerry White, a Cincinnati native now based in Los Angeles.

        Roles to be filed include black and white adults ages 18 through middle age and older. Auditions are scheduled from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Best Western Springdale, Interstate 275 and Ohio 4.

        Information: (888) 910-2313.

        Filmmaker at Wexner: Director Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff, Quills, Henry & June, Rising Sun, Invasion of the Body Snatchers) will engage in a public conversation with critic Terrence Rafferty, Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Wexner Center Film and Video Theater at Ohio State University.

        Tickets are $7, or $5 for Wexner Center members and students. Information: (614) 292-3535,

        Festival honors: Perfect Game, written and directed by Anderson native Dan Guntzelman and filmed by his cinematographer brother John Gunselman, recently picked up a stack of honors at the Santa Clarita International FilmFestival in Northern California.

        The movie about a kids' baseball team, released on video by Disney, won honors for best picture and best comedy, and its young star, Cameron Finley, was named best child actor.

        The festival highlights family-friendly films from around the world; this year's program included entries from Iran, Syria, Ireland, Hungary, Romania and India, among others.

        Meanwhile, two works by Milford's Scott Barlow were screened at the Johns Hopkins University Film Fest in Baltimore.

        His independent feature The Last Late Night was the festival's opening movie Thursday, while his 10-minute Crazy Like the Taz was shown in a collection of short films Friday.

       Contact Margaret A. McGurk at 768-8517; fax, 768-8330; e-mail, Cincinnati.Com keyword: McGurk


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