Shamier Anderson (Xavier Dolls) will be Reggie in SON OF THE SOUTH, the true story of one young white southerner in the summer of 1961, based on the autobiography of Bob Zellner (who is played by Lucas Till in the film). Zellner is an Alabama native and grandson of a Ku Klux Klan member who became the first white field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Anderson’s character is likely Reggie Robinson, who was also a field secretary of SNCC. Robinson and Zellner were both in McComb, Mississippi in 1961 during the voter registration drives. SON OF THE SOUTH was written and directed by Barry Alexander Brown, who described the film to Clara McVey of The Hollywood Reporter: “There’s lots of big stories, but I found it a very inspiring story. I’m from Alabama and I wanted to do something set in the South that I grew up in, and what really feels like the South. There’s going to be a lot of humor in the film, much like BlacKkKlansman. Very dramatic story, but a lot of humor at the same time.” SON OF THE SOUTH is expected to be released later this year.
Kate Drummond (Agent Lucado) will be Coach Edwards in THE NOVICE, a film about an obsessive college freshman (played by Isabelle Fuhrman who was Tessa Johnson in MASTERS OF SEX), who joins her university’s rowing team and pushes herself to physical and mental extremes in an effort to make the top varsity boat. Fuhrman learned to row about a month before filming began at the Peterborough Rowing Club on the Otanabee River in Ontario. She was joined by local rowers for the shoot. Written and directed by Lauren Hadaway (who was herself a collegiate rower at SMU), THE NOVICE completed filming last fall.
Dawn Harvey (Hillary in “Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers“) is Penny in RANGE ROADS, the story of Frankie (Alana Hawley Purvis), a successful commercial actress in her mid-30s. who finds herself forced to return to her rural Alberta hometown after a car accident leaves both of her parents dead. Her return reunites Frankie with people from her past, including her high school boyfriend and her estranged brother, as she tries to come to terms with memories of her turbulent upbringing. Scott Olynek (Skip in “Gonna Getcha Good“) and Ryan Northcott (Wyatt Earp in “The Blade“) are also in the cast. Written and directed by Kyle Thomas, RANGE ROADS completed filming in Alberta last fall. No release date has been announced.