Extras in ’70s outfits invited to “5-25-77” shoot

PATRICK READ JOHNSON of Moonwatcher Films has entered the third and final round of shooting for his feature “5-25-77.”

Johnson shoots the film’s climactic “Star Wars” premiere scene March 14 at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan, and he’s inviting extras in period get-up to attend.

“5-25-77” is based on Johnson’s own experience as a Lake County teenager transformed by visits to the sets of “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

John Francis Daley (“Freaks and Geeks”) stars as “Pat Johnson.” With Christopher Lloyd, Colleen Camp, Neil Flynn, Steve Coulter, Emmi Chen, Katie Jeep, and Justin Mentell. Leigh Jones is producing with Gary Kurtz (“Star Wars”) and Fred Roos (“Lost in Translation”).

A Wadsworth native, Johnson broke into Hollywood special effects at an early age and went on to direct the studio features “Dragonheart,” “Baby’s Day Out,” and “Angus.” He moved back to Wadsworth a few years ago. “5-25-77” is his first independent film.

See www.moonwatcher.com.

DUANE EDWARDS’ award-winning short “Hit and Run” screened in Oregon-based online distributor Filmbaby.com’s showcase at South by Southwest, alongside other acclaimed titles like Oscar-winner “Helicopter,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Choppertown,” “Heavy Metal Parking Lot,” and “Cow Monkey.” A finalist in Project Greenlight 3, Edwards also directed the acclaimed short “Imagine This,” “Contest Winner,” and “The Confession.” See www.duaneedwardsdirector.com.

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