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Local teens asked to turn out for Van Sant casting call

The filmmaker, who lives in Portland, plans to shoot his new movie here in October

High school-aged teens can audition for a new movie by Portland filmmaker Gus Van Sant at two open casting calls Aug. 3 and 5.

The independent film, "Paranoid Park," is a coming-of-age story set partially in the skateboarding community. Locally produced, it is expected to begin filming in October.

Boys and girls ages 14 to 18 are invited to audition, with or without acting experience. For his last film, 2003's "Elephant," Van Sant cast a Lake Oswego high school junior named John Robinson in a leading role. Robinson, now 20, went on to star in the movie "Lords of Dogtown."

Van Sant is best known for directing such films as "Good Will Hunting," "To Die For," and "Drugstore Cowboy."