Film hopes to draw a crowd

Granite Staters who’ve yearned to be on the silver screen may have a chance to fulfill that dream.

An independent New Hampshire director will be filming crowd scenes for his upcoming movie, “Losing Jerry,” during a concert at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom that begins at 8 p.m. Friday, June 1, and concert-goers just may end up in the final cut of the movie.

According to the New Hampshire Film and Television Office, the film’s production team will be at the Casino during a concert by Dark Star Orchestra, a group known for performing sets of the Grateful Dead with faithful interpretation. The film crew will be capturing audience reaction shots as the group performs, and the footage is planned to be used in sequences in “Losing Jerry.”

“Losing Jerry,” written and directed by New Hampshire native Mitchell Ganem, follows the coming-of-age journeys of three close friends as they follow the Grateful Dead over the years. The group’s music binds them together until the fateful day of Dead lead guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia’s death.

Mark Constance, the film’s New Hampshire-based co-producer, said attending the concert will be a “great chance” for the public to be a part of the film.

“We’re hoping everyone will put on their favorite tie-dye and join us for what promises to be a magical night of lights, camera and music,” he said.
Principal photography for the film is scheduled to begin in September 2007. — CINDY KIBBE

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