Thanks for your interest in appearing in Sex, Drugs and Blueberries. This film will be shot during August 2013 in western Maine. This is a non-Equity production, but actors and crew will be paid a reasonable day rate, plus excellent meals and accommodations near a lake in the foothills. Transportation from Portland, Maine is also available.
As you might guess from the title, Sex, Drugs and Blueberries will depict nudity, sexual situations, drug use and blueberry raking. Set amid the burgeoning Oxycontin epidemic plaguing downeast Maine, the film tells the story of how quickly things can go wrong. Ben Franklin, a failed emo almost-rock star moves to poverty-stricken Washington County with his poet-school teacher wife. Desperate for cash, he signs on to rake blueberries, where he meets Richard, who offers Ben a place to stay for the duration of the harvest. From there, Ben quickly descends into a seamy world of sex and drugs that could lead to his downfall.
The film basically mirrors the plot of the novel, except for a few small but significant alterations and a new ending. That’s why we’re holding back on publicly releasing a script, offering instead a free digital download of the Sex, Drugs and Blueberries eBook. Or you can acquire a copy of the print edition at most Maine bookstores and libraries or on-line via here or Amazon.
We’re currently casting six primary characters (3 male, 3 female) and six supporting roles. Two roles have already been cast. Maine rock legend Dave Gutter (Rustic Overtones, Paranoid Social Club) will portray Ben and actor Christopher Lennon will portray Richard.
We’re excited by the opportunity to hold initial auditions on-line, since it allows us to cast a wider net for talent. The process is easy. Click here to find the descriptions of the characters. Then send an email, telling us who you’re interested in portraying, along with a link to a YouTube or Vimeo page where you will post a simple screen test.
The format for the screen-test is as follows: start by stating your real name and age, then, in character, answer the questions provided at the end of character synopsis. As you’ll see, for some of the characters, the questions have to do with sex. A “correct” answer isn’t required, but the correct attitude is important. Remember you are answering IN CHARACTER. Since the film deals with explicit sexual situations, if you’re prudish and/or have hang ups about titillating art, this isn’t the film for you.
We’re not looking for elaborate production value in these screen tests. We just want to gauge whether you have the energy, attitude and look of the character. From there, we’ll be holding call-backs in mid-June.
The team behind this movie is very excited by the possibilities existing in this amazing era of indie filmmaking. We’re also pleased to be shooting in Maine, spending the budget locally and capturing the essence of this great state in the context of a sexy, steamy and sad story. Please feel free to email with questions or comments.