Film producers announce casting calls for "Blue Potato"

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29 June 2012

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– Award-winning filmmakers, Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (The Way We Get By) will be filming their second feature film in Aroostook County.

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Gaudet and Pullapilly, based in Bar Harbor, Maine, directed and produced the Emmy-nominated film, The Way We Get By. This documentary, The Way We Get By, which highlighted the incredible achievements of the Maine Troop Greeters, had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Award. It went on to win an additional 17 festival awards and played in over 60 theaters in the U.S. and internationally. Special events were also held with the filmmakers and the subjects at the White House, Capitol Hill, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Blue Potato is a coming of age drama set during the fall potato harvest in a small northern Maine town near the Canadian border. Blue Potato will be the first national feature film set in Aroostook County. It will be filmed in Van Buren, Maine and surrounding areas during the summer and fall of this year.

Gaudet and Pullapilly have announced three casting calls in the County. One will take place in Van Buren on July 14 at the Van Buren Secondary School on 169 Main Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Hollywood casting director will also be in Van Buren during this time helping them find local talent to cast in Blue Potato.

“We are thrilled to have these three casting calls in Aroostook County. We are excited to see the caliber of talent in the area as well as hope to meet plenty of local members who would like to help out and volunteer on the film production. We plan on making something incredibly special for the state of Maine and need all the help we can get from the community,” said Pullapilly.

“Authenticity and story are really important to us. We are excited about these casting calls because we want to find the best of the best Maine has to offer for this film,” said Gaudet.

In addition to being in front of the camera, there are also plenty of opportunities to be behind the scenes on the film production set. The production is looking for volunteers to help with logistics in town as well as during production.

"We're a small film with a big heart. We're trying to do something here to make the entire state of Maine proud. But to make this film a success, we need community support. Even things like volunteering to drive our actors from LA and NYC from our film set to the airport or helping us find activities for them on their off days. There's still a lot of planning and preparation that has to take place and we're hoping the community will really help us."

Gaudet and Pullapilly will kick off their casting calls for Blue Potato in Aroostook County at the following locations:

Houlton: Friday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Houlton Southside School, 65 South Street

Presque Isle: Saturday, July 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wieden Auditorium on the University of Maine at Presque Isle Campus

Van Buren: Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Van Buren District Secondary School, 169 Main Street, Suite 101, Van Buren, ME 04785

Community members wishing to come out for the casting call should come early and plan on bringing a photo that can be provided to the casting team. For more information and to confirm attendance at these Aroostook County casting calls visit https://www.facebook.com/bluepotatomovie.