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TMI film hosts open call for extras in York

Want to be featured in a movie about the 1979 Three Mile Island accident?

Filmmaker Jill Murphy Long is now looking for extras for her upcoming feature film, "Meltdown," about the effects and aftermath of TMI.

To be considered for a role, locals are encouraged to come dressed in their best 1979 attire – that means clothes, hair and makeup – at one of five local film launch parties and events held in the York and Middletown areas April 16-23.

Don’t want to dress up? Bring a photo of your outfit instead.

Long said she is looking for Yorkers to fill roles, including varsity girls basketball players, a basketball coach, referees, basketball fans, high school students and local and international TV and newspaper reporters – each from the 1979 time period.

She’s also looking for present-day extras, including indie bookstore customers, trick-or-treaters and their parents, waiters, wine bar patrons and TMI survivors who are willing to tell their stories.

At the Middletown parties, Long will be looking for extras to play local and international reporters, an old-time Middletown resident, shopping ladies (age 25-35), retail business owner (age 55+), diners, a little boy with a painted wood airplane (age 4-7), pregnant mothers and toddlers, a grandpa and granddaughter fishing and a line of families and dogs waiting for President Carter to arrive in town.

Period props, such as suitcases, purses, handbags, Middletown varsity football jackets and cars circa 1970’s, are also encouraged.

Here is a list of film launch parties and events to attend.

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BrewVino Film Launch Party

When: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, April 16

Where:BrewVino, 251 N. George St., York

Details: Grab a slice of pizza and a craft beer and get a preview of the film’s proof-of-concept trailer. If you come dressed in 1979 attire or bring a prop from the decade, you might just score yourself a role as an extra in the film.

Tickets: $16.82 for pizza and general admission; free for TMI survivors. Click here for tickets.

Coffee Chat with the Filmmaker

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17

Where:Cornerstone Coffeehouse, 2133 Market St., Camp Hill

Details: This is your chance to chat with filmmaker Jill Murphy Long and learn more about her feature film, which tells her story of the aftermath and effects of TMI. Long will be looking for props from the 1979 time period and interviewing TMI survivors and local residents about their experiences during and after TMI.

Tickets: Free. Click here to sign up for an interview.

The Event Place Film Launch Party

When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20.

Where:The Event Place, 11 S. Union St., Middletown

Details: Meet and mingle with others who lived through the 1979 TMI accident while listening to music from the ‘70s. Wear or bring a photo of yourself in your best ‘70s attire for a chance to be an extra in the film.

Tickets: $11.54 for general admission; free for TMI survivors. Click here for tickets.

Brandywine Lane Film Launch Party

When: 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 22

Where: Kevin and Gwen Braecklein’s residence, 2301 Brandywine Lane, York

Details: Listen to a discussion and Q&A following a screening of the film’s two-minute proof-of-concept trailer and enjoy food and drinks from local businesses, including Susquehanna Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar. Come dressed in your best 1979 attire for a chance to be an extra in the film.

Tickets: $11.54 for general admission; free for TMI survivors. Click here for tickets.

Creative York Film Event at Go Green in the City

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23

Where:Creative York, 10 N. Beaver St., York

Details: Stop by this free exhibit at downtown York’s Go Green in the City street fair for a chance to meet the filmmaker, see the film’s two-minute proof-of-concept trailer and learn how you or your local business can participate.