Azar making movie, wants Batesville extras

Published 11:23 am Tuesday, May 28, 2019

News Release

“The Banality,” a feature film written and directed by Strack Azar and Michael Stevantoni, is to shoot in the Delta area from July 29 to August 25. Actor Chris Mulkey (​Twin Peaks, Whiplash, Captain Phillips​) will play the lead role, Father Moss, along with a cast of both local and LA-based talent.

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“The Banality” is a supernatural drama about a small town priest who attempts to console a couple whose son was killed under suspicious circumstances, all the while struggling to decipher a series of inexplicable visions.

Azar was born and raised in Nashville and graduated high school in Greenville, before moving to Los Angeles to study at Chapman University’s film school. Having recently graduated, Strack is returning to direct his debut feature film, inspired by the region’s lush scenery and based on an award-winning short film he directed in town last summer.

There are a number of ways for Delta and area residents to get involved with the production. Strack and his team are still casting a number of roles and are seeking interested people of all experience levels. “The Banality” is casting for characters of all ages and types, with a high number of roles available to young people aged 16-23.

Additionally, the production is looking for locations – including but not limited to farmhouses, abandoned property, and pre-2000s vehicles – as well as individuals with guest homes or other spaces who are interested in lodging crew during the shoot. Anyone with unique assets or out of the box talent is encouraged to contact Strack at​ or by phone at (662) 379-1050.