Sisson seeks extras

Those who missed their shot at fame and glory when the big budget Evan Almighty was shooting in Crozet earlier this year have a second chance at silver screen immortality. Disconnected, a new independent film that begins shooting in and around Staunton October 24, is seeking extras.

"There's one day where we have a big need," says producer Barry Sisson, describing a scene at a county fair. Smaller numbers of extras are needed for shoots in restaurants and other smaller venues. Sisson is best known as producer of the 2003 Indie hit The Station Agent. That film, shot in less than three weeks for an estimated $500,000, grossed nearly $6,000,000 and received critical acclaim, according to imdb.com. Sisson is also producer of the 2005 film, Charlie's Party, which has shown at several festivals but has not yet been distributed.

Disconnected, directed by relative newcomer Zackary Adler, is a "funny and heartfelt story of an American family going through the natural process of negotiating the changing relationships between parents and children, especially as those children grow into adulthood," according to Sisson's film company website, Cavalierfilms.com.

Last month, Sisson and company did a casting call for an 8-year-old girl. Sisson says nearly 1,000 children expressed interest, and about 100 came in for interviews. Sisson says that part and several others have been cast, but since contracts aren't final it's too soon to name names. The girl, he says, is a Virginia native and a newcomer to film, though she has acting experience. There will be several recognizable names in adult roles, he says.

Anyone interested in being cast as an extra should email extras@cavalierfilms.com.