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May 25, 2012

Film director looking for local actors

WEATHERFORD — Randal Maxwell isn’t your everyday Hollywood director.

After spending many years in the film industry, Maxwell, founder and CEO or Maxima Visions Production Company, was called to ministry in 1999, and soon after realized the opportunity to combine his faith with his film-making talents.

“My father was an ordained Baptist minister and my mother was in the music industry,” he said.

Shortly after his Hollywood career began to take off, he got involved with the wrong crowd and found himself diagnosed with a limited amount of time to live.

“Satan took my by the tail,” the director, producer and actor said. “Because of my lifestyle choices, my health began to deteriorate and I was bed-ridden. I found that I had nothing to do but give it all to God.”

With his filming experience, Maxwell realized what a powerful medium film-making was, and began to pursue projects relating to faith and Christianity.

Now, he’s looking for  area actors, asking anyone interested to attend open casting calls at the Texas Opry Theatre in Weatherford, 319 York Ave. Thursday, May 31, and Friday at 7 p.m.

“With extras and everything, there are quite a few roles available,” Maxwell said. “I hope to hire as many local people here as possible.”

Persons interested should bring heads shots and a resume, or a clear photo and typed page with their experience and why they feel they should be considered, as well as a monologue. They should also be prepared to stay for awhile, Maxwell said.

The director is currently putting together two separate films, to be shot in the DFW area and filmed in September.

The first, Rachel’s Grace, written by Rebekah and Randall Maxwell, is based on a true story of Rachel, who finds deliverance and transformation from the Holy Spirit after battling demons.

The second, titled Sister Surrendered, is a drama also based on a true story of twin sisters leaving the Navy Hospital Corps. One twin struggles with an addition to prescription drugs, while the other battles doctors whose prescription anti-psychotics are driving her sister to madness and death.

“One is what I call ‘preachy’ and more for the church community and affirming faith,” Maxwell said. “The second is a film for the unchurched, to hopefully plant a seed of truth, so they’re coming from two entirely different appearances.

“I think that Hollywood is now getting the message that there are a lot of Christian consumers.”

For more information on Maxwell’s projects, visit www.maximavisionsproductions.com.

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