Casting call brings excitement to Paragould

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - In Paragould, it was lights, camera, action Sunday afternoon. Juli Jackson graduated from Green County Tech back in 2001, and left to study film and video. She says film making is something she's always wanted to do, and Sunday's casting call was the first step in making it real.

There was a buzz Sunday afternoon at Green County Tech, as residents lined up hoping to get a chance to make their mark on the big screen.

"I think it's great that she's come back to her roots to shoot this story," said Thom Fielder, who missed out on the last local film made in the area a couple of years ago, and was excited about auditioning for a part. "Yeah the opportunity is great not just for me but for everybody here."

Like Glenda Fields, she says she's had some acting experience in the past, and has her fingers crossed that she'll land a role. "I've been so excited about this movie. I think this is good to bring the community together."

This is the first time Juli Jackson has written and directed a movie, and is pumped about having the opportunity to be in her hometown to make it happen. "I got this chance to actually make this film here were I grew up and I know lots of people and have lots of resources," said Jackson.

Jackson was out to cast extras and speaking roles and wants to be able to use as many locals as she can. "People are really excited about film making and that's really cool because when you come from an environment like Los Angeles or a bigger city you find people where it's more work. Here it's all about the film. It's all about the film being great and being a fun community event," said Jackson.

A community that is getting behind local film maker Juli Jackson's to help make her dreams come to life. "I'm really proud of Juli and I hope it turns out really good," said Jackson.

This is just one of three casting calls.  For more information about the film and character descriptions, just go to

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