Auditions Saturday for downtown Miles City video

Downtown Miles City will be the focus of an upcoming promotional piece, which will be filmed at the end of this month, and a casting call is being made for 50 Miles City area residents to be extras in the video. 

The auditions will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Room 106 at Miles Community College, according to Historic Preservation Officer/Grant Administrator Connie Muggli.

A class of marketing students at Montana State University-Billings has been working with the local Downtown Urban Renewal Agency and the Tax Increment Finance District Board on ways to promote the downtown business area, and this video for television and social media is one of the ideas that resulted. 

Spotlight Productions is filming the video called “The Heart of Home.”

Local cameraman Matt Hanvold is filming drone shots of downtown and the local countryside.

MCC is helping with the casting for the 50 parts in the video.

It will be filmed April 29-30, showcasing the downtown business district, the scenery and a day in the life of the Miles City community for the general public and visitors.

Downtown business owners have been working with Muggli to coordinate filming at their locations.

Muggli said the filming will be on Main Street from the 400 to the 1100 blocks.

The casting call is open to residents of all ages in the Miles City community, from every walk of life: office workers, farmers and ranchers, kids, high school and college students, accountants and clerks, blue collar or white collar, millennials, grandmas and grandpas, young couples with their kids.

Everyone is welcome to audition as actors and extras and a chance at a first-hand experience of being filmed.

Needed for the filming:

— cowboys and cowgirls in cowboy boots (spurs optional),

— dancers at a street dance,

— a young couple with a baby in a stroller (bring a stroller),

— grandfather and grandson or father and son,

— shoppers,

— patio and porch sitters,

— bench sitters.

The public is invited to participate in a street dance to be held the night of April 29. Billy Hoverson’s band, Trouble Expected, will perform. 

Trails Inn, the Montana Bar and Bison Bar owners are sponsoring the dance, and the Red Neck Grill will be donating their time and equipment to roast a whole pig, which the Trails Inn will be serving from the Range Riders Bar. 

The Farmers Market will open April 30 for the filming. Bernadette Miller is inviting any vendors wishing to appear in the video to set up in Riverside Park by 9:30 a.m. 

Muggli said the finished video will be used as television commercials all over eastern Montana and published on YouTube, Facebook and other social media for at least the next year.

For more information, contact Jan Hartmann at MCC at 406-740-0326 or janhartmann@gmail.com.