Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Starring Frances McDormand Lands At Fox Searchlight
Fox Searchlight has obtained the worldwide rights to Nomadland, the third feature from director Chloé Zhao, who made a splash with her most recent film, the South Dakota-set western drama The Rider. Oscar-winner Frances McDormand stars in the film along with David Strathairn. As she did with her last film, Zhao also includes non-professional actors Linda May and Charlene Swankie.
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SO HOW DID I GET INVITED TO BE IN THIS FILM, AND WHAT IS MY ROLE YOU ASK?
From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that Social Security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves “workampers.” CONTINUED…CLICK HERE
In December 2018 I received an unexpected message from Suanne Carlson the President of HOWA (Home on Wheels Alliance) asking if I’d be interested in being in a movie, and get paid to boot! Well, I was both nervous and intrigued, but ultimately the fact that I would get paid to be an extra in this movie won me over, and I said yes
So, In January 2019, Studley Van and I headed out to the desert in Arizona to live on a movie set for about a week. Yes, I actually LIVED on the movie set, how cool is that!
As an extra in this movie Studley Van and I each got paid a set figure per day, but were informed that should we get an upgraded part, we would get paid quite a bit more. During our seven-days living on the set, I did actually get an upgraded part in the movie.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure exactly how much I’m allowed to tell you, so I’m playing it safe and zipping it up at this point. There were quite a few of my Nomad friends in the movie, and we have all been given permission to announce that we are going to be in the movie, but are not allowed to share any pictures from it or give anything else away at this time to the best of my knowledge.
I have no idea at all when the movie will be released, it could be a few months or as long as a year. What I do know is that it was a fascinating experience and that I really enjoyed working with the crew, Francis McDormand and the other movie star, David Strathairn. They were all down to earth, and easy to be around, and they treated us ‘Nomads’ like family. Additionally, being there with many of my Nomad friends was like a big family gathering and it was a lot of fun. The whole experience was quite wonderful.
I am excited and nervous about this upcoming movie and my part in it. I was so nervous with my lines, that I honestly can’t remember what I said, I just remember Chloe saying “That’s a wrap,” and in another part, I think all they got of me was my butt, despite assurances from friends that they didn’t. LOL.
We shall all just have to wait and see…
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