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You oughta be in pictures

Can you speak Inupiaq? Fly a helicopter? Are you by chance a Russian sailor?

The makers of “Everybody Loves Whales,” a movie shooting in Anchorage and Barrow this fall, may be looking for you.

Auditions begin June 20 by appointment in Anchorage, where the casting directors are looking to fill some of the Alaska Native male roles, with casting calls for other characters planned throughout summer across the state.

(Here's the flyer for the first audition. E-mail one of the addresses at the bottom of this post to find out more.)

Look for an audition June 25-26 in Barrow, followed by visits to Nome, Fairbanks, Kotzebue and other hubs around the state, said Alaska casting director Deborah Schildt.

The filmmakers are looking to fill about 30 paid speaking roles, ranging from Russian-speaking sailors to a helicopter pilot with a valid license, reporters, restaurant workers, a teacher and a Greenpeace worker, among others. About 10 are Alaska Native roles.

Schildt said they’re “keenly interested” in casting an Inupiaq man between 50 and 65 years old who speaks Inupiaq, and an Inupiaq boy between 10 and 13. “(The boy) doesn’t need to speak his language, but those are two key roles that we’re looking for,” she said.

To get more info or set up an audition, e-mail the two Alaska casting directors at:

-- (For Deborah Schildt)

-- (For Grace Olrun)

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