Local actors of all ages and even families needed for filming in Taft area June 5-12

There's another movie being filmed in Taft next week and the  community is going to pay a big role-- a lot of roles, in fact.


Local actors  will be used in numerous scenes in the filming of 25 Hill next week and open auditions are going to be held this weekend.


Director Corbin Bernson, who also plays one of the lead roles in the movie, much of which is set in Taft, will be holding open auditions  Saturday from at the Taft Chamber of Commerce offices, 400 Kern Street, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


“First, I wanted everyone to know how important it is for me to involve the community in the process of making our films,” Bernson said. “It not only makes our films better but offers those who might not otherwise get the chance to see what movie making is about, to experience the "process."  Also, my hopes are that it might inspire some - especially kids - to think about the possibilities of the  entertainment business as a direction they might like to head in, both in front of and behind the camera.


Bernson said local actors are needed for the following roles:


•Kids --- Between the ages of 10 - 14 who will be part of a schoolyard scene. I really need about 50 kids to make it feel like school is really in session.

I'll take more if they come. Also, some of these kids would be used for  pool scene on another day.


•Teenage kids – About 10 teenage kids age from 15 to19 or 20. This is for a specific scene and a few other shots.  Guys and girls. Do not have to be clean cut.


•Families – About 5 families for a picnic scene. Parents and kids.


•Oil workers – About five guys who look like they work in the oil fields for a couple of scenes.


Bernson said all who audition will get a role in the movie and encouraged everyone to come and take a shot at acting.


“My mom and other notables came out of Taft,” Bernson said. “Why not a new generation of talent?”

(Bernson's mother,  daytime  drama actress Jeannie Cooper, is a Taft native and was inducted into the

Taft Union High School Hall of Fame in 2009.)


Filming will take place in the Taft area from June 5-12 and  in most cases local actors will be shooting for only one day.


25 Hill a story based on real events.


The real Soap Box Derby was nearly cancelled and is still in dire financial straits.


In Bernson’s film, the main characters have both suffered deep wounds from two of the major world events of the century.


It’s a story based on two people -- a man (Bernson) and boy devastated by personal loss.


Bernson plays Roy, the Chief of the Taft Fire Department who has never been able to get over the death of his son, also a firefighter, who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


His character is introduced to Trey (Nathan Gamble), a young boy who started working on a soap box derby racer with his father only to have the father, a military reservist, called up to serve in Afghanistan, where he was killed in action.


“You have a half-built car and a half-built kid,” Bernson said


Trey’s teacher introduces the two and together they resume building the soap box derby car.


(Bernson’s character, it turns out, was the 1970 Soap Box Derby champion.)


Along the way, they find healing and Trey helps save the Soap Box Derby, a piece of Americana for the past 75 years.


You can read more about the movie and its goals at www.25Hill.com.