The producers of a new film about New York's 1970s punk rock scene are bringing some of the Bowery's grit and grime down south to Savannah, Ga.
Extras casting company ACC Enterprises is holding an open call in Georgia for background for "CBGB," which follows CBGB founder Hilly Kristal and his dreams of opening a country, bluegrass, and blues club on Manhattan's Lower East Side. But when he couldn't book the bands he wanted, Kristal opened his doors to the acts that other venues had rejected. The club would launch the careers of such punk rock and New Wave acts as The Ramones, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Television, Blondie, and more.
Directed by Randall Miller ("Bottle Shock"), the film will shoot for approximately five weeks beginning June 25 in Savannah, Ga., where Meddin Studios is being transformed into the famed venue. Actual remnants of CBGB, including the original bar and toilets, had been in storage in Brooklyn and are being shipped to the set for inclusion in the film.
Male and female extras, ages 18 and older, will be needed to portray bar patrons and music fans. The casting director is specifically seeking "music lovers, musicians, motorcyclists, '70s car owners, and people with a '70s look."
Open call auditions will be held Tuesday, June 12, at Meddin Studios in Savannah, Ga. For more information and audition details, view the full casting notice online at BackStage.com. (Subscription required.) Those who are unable to attend this open call can submit online via BackStage.com.
The film stars Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal, with Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone, Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop, and Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry of Blondie. The cast also includes Johnny Galecki, Rupert Grint, and Ashley Greene.
In addition to its stars, the producers are also filling the film with local talent. "We found amazing talent out of SCAD," producer and co-writer Jody Savin told the Savannah Morning News, referring to the Savannah College of Art and Design. "I'd say half the cast is going to be local."
Daniel Lehman is a staff writer at Back Stage. Follow him on Twitter: @byDanLehman