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Producers casting Phoenixville area youth for new Spurlock documentary


By Virginia Lindak, For 21st Century Media

Monday, February 3, 2014

Does your child march to the beat of his or her own drum? Is your pre-teen the creative type and have interests that are different than his or her peers? Perhaps your middle schooler is having trouble fitting in, in some way?

Film maker Morgan Spurlock, most widely known for his documentary “Super Size Me,” is looking to cast “tweens” in his upcoming documentary pilot for a popular children’s cable television network. The documentary is looking for kids between the ages of 10 and 13 years old, of all backgrounds and ethnicities, who may have some differences that set them apart from their friends.

The series will aim to take an inside look at the lives of children in America. Producers are looking to find a few unique kids who would like to share their stories in order to inspire other kids, who may also have differences and will hopefully help them feel that they are not alone.

Producer on the project Erin Glass has family ties to the Phoenixvile area and thought there may be some children in the community who would like to participate in the project.

“We’re doing a documentary series that is on kids and it is for kids,” said Glass. “We want to highlight how great each of these students are and the unique and interesting things about them. Every episode we’ll be focusing on two kids or three kids and documenting different issues that they have to deal with, in that middle school tween age.

“The first epsiode, we’re doing the pilot on that feeling of not fitting in. At some point probably most, if not all, middle schoolers deal with [that] and we want to shed a light on that.”

Glass said the producers are looking for a variety of children because there are many reasons a student might not fit in. For example, some creative and artistic kids might live in their own world, or those who are “kind of quirky” might not necessarily dress in or do what is considered cool by their peers.

“Maybe someone is very intelligent and find they are more comfortable talking to adults and feeling like the kids just don’t get them,” she said. “Somebody that may be the largest student in their class, or the smallest student in the class, so there’s a size issue and they feel out of place. Or someone who is a minority, or an immigrant or a first generation American who perhaps doesn’t look like the rest of the kids in their class, or just has a very different cultural or religious upbringing at home that is very different than American culture at school, so they are walking this balance of wanting to fit in at home and keep their hertitage while going to school.”

If you feel your child has a unique story they would like to share, they are welcomed to submit a casting tape. If selected to participate, filming would take place over a three day period in February.

For information and instructions on how to submit a casting tape, visit www.wpcasting.net

For questions, email wpcasting@warrior-poets.com.