You. In a movie. In Troy.

Roman Jacquez, who directed the mini documentary about the 400 block of Troy's River street (embedded above), emailed us this week:

This coming Sunday, I will be directing a scene for a Christmas movie at Monument Square in Troy, just across the street of The Art Center. The scene I will be filming is the martini scene of the movie and entails a town coming together with candles around a Nativity Scene.

Here is a description line from the script Away In A Manger:
"In the gloomy dark, lighted candles appear. They come from all directions and glow like a small galaxy of flickering stars. The town's people with their tiny lights file around the stable and come close to the manger."

This could be a fun thing to do for those who want to be an extra... is definitely a great a excuse to go out for dinner at the nice restaurants in the neighborhood. We are looking for extras to join us and help create the atmosphere. The filming is between 5:30 and 8pm.


a little bit more on this project from danielle furfaro over at the times union:

Away in a manger
December 15, 2008 at 5:54 pm by Danielle Furfaro

Troy filmmaker Roman Jaquez is looking for at least 100 people to congregate in Monument Square this Sunday to act as extras in his new film about the importance of Christmas.

“Away in a Manger” will be about a small town’s debate over whether to put a manger in a public square for Christmas. Jaquez said the film’s premise was based on a news article he said about a similar debate that had happened somewhere in New York state. The film, which he plans to make in a week and have streaming online by Christmas Day, will star local actors Abby Marcelle and Rosemary Thomas as well as former Saratoga mayor Michael Lenz.

Jaquez describes himself as a Christian who made the film as a way to fight back against those who he claims water down Christmas by saying “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas” and would choose political correctness over the celebration of the day.

He is looking for the extras to be on hand from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday and asks that they all dress warmly and bring a candle.

To make “Away in a Manger,” Jaquez is taking time from the anti-abortion feature length he plans to be working on throughout 2009.

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