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Saturday May 21st, 2011

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Combining music with fundraising, a unique casting call is benefitting a good cause.

Preparing for a video to promote his song Perfect World, Windsor musician Michael Green is teaming up with local director Gavin Michael Booth. To find a main actor for the clip, Booth’s company Mimetic Entertainment Inc. is holding auditions with a twist.

Males age 16-24, 5’8″ or taller who look high school-aged and won’t mind shaving their heads are asked to e-mail a headshot to Booth for an application and waiver. Afterwards, lead-role contenders will be required to fundraise with all proceeds going to The Hospice Of Windsor & Essex County. Whoever raises the most wins the role while other shortlisters receive smaller parts in the video.

For Booth, who came up with the idea, it hits close to home.

“I chose to approach hospice mainly do to my producer Marie’s personal experience,” he said. “She had a family member go through the Hospice program as their battle with cancer was coming to an end. Also, [Public Relations/Communications Coordinator] Kathy Vincent at Hospice has been an acquaintance for several years and I always keep up to date with what she has going on at Hospice. I’m really inspired by the work they do.”

Filmed locally, the video will be promoted using Facebook and YouTube. Assisting with the project are Walkerville High School drama teacher John Nabben, its acting students, Windsor Regional Hospital and L’Essor Secondary School.

Unable to reveal much, Booth admits the video will be emotional.

“The video plot is being kept under wraps,” he said. “I can guarantee it’s a tear-jerker but it will leave you smiling and appreciating the friendships you have in life.”

As the largest community-based palliative care facility in Canada, The Hospice always benefits from donations. Money raised ensures continuations of local services such as counseling, support groups, Therapeutic Touch and Radiant Touch, transportation, education, home visits, and Art Therapy.

A video release party and behind the scenes project are also in the works. Booth hopes they’ll shed more light on how The Hospice assists those in the community.

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