Day: June 15, 2011

Local trio, McNary grad, sets to lens ‘Lake Noir’ in Keizer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For those lucky enough to land a role in Lake Noir the director, writer and star are making a simple promise: your brush with fame won’t be as the blurry person asking for more salt as the featured performers do their thing. “In a lot of productions, you’re an extra, you’re waiting eight hours for someone and then someone walks by and you go home,” said director Jeff Schneider. “If you’re in our movie you’re going to have screen time and have lines.” Schneider, along with writer Abel Martinez, Jr., and actor and casting director Mike Gonzalez, a McNary High School graduate with appearances in the The Shield, House MD, Crank and Jay Leno to his name, are gearing up for their first feature this summer slated to be shot, predominantly, on the outskirts of Keizer. The trio is looking for local actors to fill roles. They currently have openings for 15 actors with a passion for the horror genre or films in general. For more information about the roles available, visit The tag line for the film is, “Nothing good happens at this lake.” “We have a group going out camping and all hell breaks loose when this entity is reborn with superstrength from an incident predating the film events,” Martinez said. “We wanted to do something that would be...

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Band director takes a bow after reassignment

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s band director, David Hodges, won’t be with the Celtics next year to continue ushering them through a four-year music program, and he knows first hand the effect it’s likely to have. He experienced it when he joined the McNary staff six years ago. “I expected to find a highly-developed music program, but lot of kids had graduated and a lot of others decided they weren’t going to continue after the teaching change,” Hodges said. “By the time the second semester rolled around we were down to 47 students and another 11 in a separate program relearning fundamentals.” Hodges has been reassigned to Stephens Middle School for the 2011-12 school year. The reins of McNary’s band program will be handed over to Claggett Creek Middle School music teacher Jennifer Bell and Whiteaker Middle School music teacher Chad Davies. By any measure, Hodges has been successful in his tenure at McNary. In the past three years, 100 percent of his graduating students have gone on to play in college. The secret he said, is keeping the focus on the kids, and not playing to place the highest in any given competition. “Many band directors get caught up in the need to perform at high levels in competition, but I like exposing them to a wide variety of music quickly, showing them...

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