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Spurlock casting for children's TV documentary series

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia native Morgan Spurlock is best known for his films "Super Size Me" and, more recently, "One Direction: This is Us." Now he's casting a pilot for what his casting director calls "a popular children's network," and he's looking for children between the ages of 10 and 13 -- maybe even a few from his home state.

"It will be a documentary series just for kids," said Claresa Mandola, casting director with Warrior Poets, Spurlock's New York City production company.

"We'd love to feature some Charleston kids!" she added.

The company is looking for a particular kind of child to portray, those who, for one reason or another, don't always fit in with their peers. A casting call posted on Facebook identifies some of the traits producers are looking for:

  • Someone who "walks to the beat of her own drum ... and is often misunderstood by her peers."
  • Someone who gets taunted for being one of the bigger students in his class, even though he's a healthy and happy kid.
  • A child who is incredibly intelligent or creative but just doesn't fit in with other kids her own age.
  • A tween who's a recent immigrant struggling to navigate American culture without abandoning his native culture.
  • Most important, those selected need to have an interesting story and be comfortable telling it.
  • Applicants can go to www.wpcasting.net for instructions on making a home video application, or email wpcasting@warrior-poets.com with questions. The deadline is Jan. 24.

    According to the casting announcement, "This series will take an inside look at the lives of tweens in America."

    "We are giving a select few kids the unique opportunity to share their stories with the world and to inspire other kids by showing them that they're not alone as they navigate these exciting but sometimes awkward years," it said.

    Those selected to participate would work with a film crew for approximately three days in January or February.

    "It would be great to come film this in Morgan's home state," Mandola said.


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