Coming-of-age drama casting for teen roles

AUDITIONS START IN MAY for Michael Curtis Johnson’s debut feature, the $40,000 coming-of-age drama “Savage Youth.” He plans to shoot in and around his hometown of Joliet this August.

“We intend on working mostly with non-actors so we’ve been trying to get an early start on it,” Johnson says. Most of the roles are for teens.

“I’d say our film is probably something more like the recent film Putty Hill than something like In Search of a Midnight Kiss,” Johnson says.

He’s producing with fellow AFI grads Patrick Underwood and Charles Klein. DP is Magela Crosignani, who shot Sundance Narrative Competition film, “The Imperialists Are Still Alive!” Crosignani is shooting “Savage Youth” on the Canon Mark IV DSLR.

Crosignani shot Johnson’s short “Flotsam,” which played LA’s Outest, San Francisco’s Frameline and Toronto’s Inside Out GLBT festivals. “Savage Youth” editor is Matteo Marchisano-Adamo.