South Jersey Theater Ensemble Company is working on its first film project, titled “Don’t Throw Me Away,” and is looking for southern New Jersey students and actors.

The film’s focus is on the struggle of minority boys in southern New Jersey and in urban areas. The movie highlights their struggles with education and the criminal justice system. The major characters include a preteen minority boy and various adult roles. Filming for the picture starts during the first week of next month in the Atlantic City area.

The movie is currently being cast. Auditions are scheduled by appointment only, said writer and producer Rev. James Brown, associate minister at Second Baptist Church in Atlantic City.

For those cast in the film, who need help with their acting, free workshops will be held 11 a.m. Nov. 17 and 24 and Dec. 1 and 8 in the Second Baptist Church, I.S. Cole Plaza. Call 609-383-1290 to audition. Email photo and resume or video to JBrown213@MSN.com

The hope is to premiere the film during Black History Month in February.

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