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New Robin Williams Movie To Film In Nashville

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A new movie starring Robin Williams will begin filming in Nashville this month, and a casting call for extras attracted hundreds.

People started lining up at 4 p.m. at the Watkins College of Art, Design & Film for a chance to get their big break in the film "Boulevard."  Many arrived wearing costumes and extreme makeup.

According to the open casting call's description, directors were looking for extras including "drag queens, transvestites, really old people, nutty and crazy characters, ghetto types, male hustlers, Asian/Indian men and women, plus-size men and women, drunkard and homeless types, Renaissance festival types who are not in full costume, angry oddballs, little people and funky alternative types."

"I was an extra on the TV show Nashville, and I got bit by the bug," said Jerry Dunaway.  "I thought this would be a cool thing to check out."

"I was like, I could be in drag in a movie with Robin Williams?" said "Stone Rivers."  "Sign me up!"

The published storyline for "Boulevard" describes it as a film about "a devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced to confront his secret life."  Casting Directors were tight-lipped about more details about the movie.

"Boulevard" is the latest movie to film in Nashville.  Last year, the Tennessee legislature boosted funding for the state film incentive program. 

Film companies with a total production value of $200,000, rather than $1 million, can qualify for state incentives.  The projects can receive grants equaling 25 percent of qualified Tennessee expenditures.

Actors auditioning for "Boulevard" hope the change in culture continues and brings more jobs and opportunities to Nashville.

"I think it's great for the economy," said Jerry Dunaway while standing in line to audition for "Boulevard." "I would love to see more feature films in Nashville."

"Boulevard" is  expected to spend about 1.2 million dollars in Tennessee, and has qualified for a $302,000 grant for filming in the state.

Filming for "Boulevard" will start later this month and continue through June.  It will be entirely shot in Nashville.


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