Director seeks local actors for film set in Appalachia

Hazard, Ky. (WYMT) A director is looking for Appalachian actors for roles in a movie set in Appalachia.

Director Bethany Brooke Anderson plans to call the film "Burning Kentucky." It involves a love story between members of feuding families that spans 15 years, she said.

"Family loyalty and addiction and religion, and it's just kind of a universal story that I think Kentuckians can relate to, but then also just anyone can relate to," Anderson said.

The auditions are set for 2 to 7 pm Tuesday, April 15 at the Perry County Public Library in Hazard.

The movie fulfills a long-time dream for this director with local ties, and she feels everything is coming together because the timing is starting to work out.

"Everything is happening on time," she said. "And that means that Kentucky's showing up for us, and we're being invited and supported and we have talent in both Los Angeles and Kentucky that are dying to be part of the project."

Hazard Native Dara Tiller serves as co-producer.

The Kentucky talent Tiller witnessed at an earlier audition in Lexington impressed her.

"It blows my mind the talent that comes in there," she said. "They have never been in front of a camera before, ever, and they blow it away."

Clint Napier, also a Hazard native, hopes to see this movie lead people to follow their dreams.

"I think it's just a tragedy that whatever your dream is if you don't give it a shot 100 percent, and you're on your death bed, and you have those regrets, and I have to think that's a tragedy," Napier said.

The film is set to begin filming late this year, with release in 2015.

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