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UMPI Proud Host of Community Casting Call for the feature film, BLUE POTATO

UMPI is proud to announce its support for the second feature film by award-winning filmmakers, Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (The Way We Get By). Gaudet and Pullapilly will kick off their casting calls for Blue Potato in Aroostook County at the following locations:

Houlton: Friday, July 6th from 10am-6pm
Houlton Southside School
65 South Street

Presque Isle: Saturday, July 7th from 9am-5pm
Wieden Auditorium
University of Maine at Presque Isle Campus

Van Buren: Saturday, July 14th from 9am-5pm
Van Buren District Secondary School
169 Main Street, Suite 101
Van Buren, ME 04785

Blue Potato is a coming of age drama set during the fall potato harvest in a small northern Maine town near the Canadian border.

Gaudet and Pullapilly, based in Bar Harbor, Maine, directed and produced the Emmy-nominated film, The Way We Get By. This documentary, The Way We Get By, which highlighted the incredible achievements of the Maine Troop Greeters, had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Award. It went on to win an additional 17 festival awards and played in over 60 theaters in the US and internationally. Special events were also held with the filmmakers and the subjects at the White House, Capitol Hill, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

“We are thrilled to have these three casting calls in Aroostook County. We are excited to see the caliber of talent in the area as well as hope to meet plenty of local members who would like to help out and volunteer on the film production. We plan on making something incredibly special for the state of Maine and need all the help we can get from the community,” said Pullapilly.

Blue Potato will be the first national feature film set in Aroostook County. It will be filmed in Van Buren, Maine, and surrounding areas during the summer and fall of this year.

“Authenticity and story are really important to us. We are excited about these casting calls because we want to find the best of the best Maine has to offer for this film,” said Gaudet.

Community members wishing to come out for the casting call should come early and plan on bringing a photo that can be provided to the casting team. For more information and to confirm attendance at these Aroostook County casting calls visit: