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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2007 1:03 am | Updated: 5:51 pm, Thu Jan 24, 2013.

The Grammys are over. The Oscars just ended.

But there are folks who are doing their part to keep music and movies in the limelight in Charlottesville.

Two ambitious women are in the process of creating a film about a wannabe rocker, while another moviemaker is coming back to town to show his film about our ambitious music scene.

We'll begin with the latter.

Maybe you were one of the lucky ones who got a ticket to the sold-out premiere during the Virginia Film Festival: "Live From the Hook" was one hot ticket.

"Festival director Richard Herskowitz summed it up," said film producer Deke Ealy. "He said it was one of the highlights of the weekend. He said that he had never seen such a crowd reaction for a film. People were standing and cheering and clapping."

Ealy and co-producer Andy Herz are giving us a second chance to enjoy their film tonight at the Satellite Ballroom.

The movie, which centers on the friendship and bands created by Bob Girard and Charlie Pastorfield, is a showcase of Charlottesville's rich rock history. Girard and Pastorfield met as students at the University of Virginia, and since that fateful day, they have shared center stage on more than 2,000 gigs. The film goes from the '70s to the '00s, covering area musicians from the Charlottesville Blues All-Stars to the Dave Matthews Band.

As an added bonus, tonight's screening is actually only part of the fun in store.

"After the screening, we are going to have some footage of live performances from back in the day," Ealy said. "Then we will have a live concert by Alligator."

Alligator includes - who else- - Charlie Pastorfield and Bob Girard, along with Corky Schoonover, Aaron Evans, Craig Dougald, Stuart Holme, Susan Munson and Craig Bennett.

This second screening opportunity is a benefit to help raise funds to help cover production costs of acquiring and editing archival footage.

So, you see, you get to watch a movie, help make a movie better and get a free concert to boot.

General admission is $15. A producer's ticket, $40, will get you seats with the band and table seating during the concert. A Fan Club ticket, $25, will get you reserved seating during the film.

The doors open at 7 and the action begins at 7:30 p.m.

So come on out and enjoy the sights and sound of our city.

As for the other movie in the works -

Renee Glover and Tracy Jackson are looking for some extras to be in their film, "Smoke Screen."

"It's about a young teenage boy who wants to be a rock star, but he can't sing," Jackson said.

But one day, record label executives in search of the next big star stage a contest at his high school. Of course, he enters.

"They choose him on a bet to see if they can turn him into a star," Jackson said.

Sounds like "American Idol" meets "My Fair Lady."

Sounds like they had a good turnout at their tryouts.

"We had auditions in September," Jackson said. "And we were so blessed. The people who came out were perfect for the parts. It was like it was written for them."

The cast includes students from Albemarle High School and Buford Middle School, along with Jane Foy and Jay James from radio station WINA and David Key, an extra from "Evan Almighty."

David Dillehunt is the man with the camera.

"Charlottesville is the place to make a movie," Jackson said. "The people are wonderful about letting us use their locations and the actors are so patient. It's like 'OK, learn with us.' "

You see, this is a brand-new endeavor for the two friends, who started working in the movie-making business for the first time last June.

"We had both moved here from Atlanta," Jackson said. "Renee came here to start a church."

The two friends started walking - and talking - and creating.

"As we walked we talked about this story, and Renee started to carry a little notebook and she wrote things down."

Once they had a script, they began researching and set up not one, but three creative arms of Providence Entertainment. Providence Filmwork will produce movies, Triune Records is for record making and Providence Literary plans to publish books.

Now they are about a month away from wrapping up filming. But before they can begin the editing process, there are still a few more scenes to shoot. Two of them this weekend will need some extras.

Several adults are needed for a 6 p.m. shoot this evening at Saxx, while teenagers are in demand for a 7 a.m. call Saturday morning in front of Rivals.

"We will be shooting in Saxx on Friday, so adults should come dressed comfortably in something they would wear out to a club," Jackson said.

As an added treat, extras will get to hear Christina Lyon sing.

"She is playing herself in the film," Jackson said. "And so is Ryal Thomas."

As for the young extras, make sure your clothes don't have any visible logos or brand names.

"The main character is having a dream," Jackson said. "He dreams he is already a star and a limousine arrives. We need a lot of teens to be outside cheering and clapping and screaming his name."

All those teens who are younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

There is no pay. Just the fun of being a part of a movie. Call 989-3729 or 989-0350 for details.

So, go on. Keep the dream alive.

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