Film producers to visit Rayne Jan. 7 to explore extra scenes

Film producers Shelly Hollis, Terry A. O’Neal and Michael O’Neal will visit Rayne, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, to explore scenic byways, nearby swamps and  local venues to shoot in their upcoming film “Along the Dirt Road” that will begin production on March 24, 2014.
According to the news release, the producers are looking for additional scenes to film that best capture the essence of Louisiana life and culture.  The producers welcome local community involvement.
“Along the Dirt Road” is an adaptation of the novel Sweet Lavender by Terry A. O’Neal. It tells a story of an African-American family torn apart by betrayal, abandonment and infidelity in a small Louisiana town during the 1960s.
In the adaptation of Terry a O’Neal’s “Sweet Lavender,” husband and father Raymond Johnston brings home a new born son that is conceived from an adulterous relationship. Shortly after, he vanishes, leaving his wife Angela to raise their daughter Rae and his “love child.” While Rae is faced with the overwhelming reality of growing up without her father, Angela struggles to raise two children on her own during a difficult time of racial tension in the South.
Auditions for the film will be held on Jan. 4 at Central School Arts & Humanities Center in Lake Charles, and Jan. 5 at Cite des Arts in Lafayette.
It is an independent production that will be shot in Lake Charles, Cecilia, and Shreveport, and on the outskirts of town.
For more information, visit the movie website online at

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