By Loren King, Globe Staff, 8/18/2002
Although he's battled multiple sclerosis for 30 years and uses a wheelchair, local producer/director Alan Langer hasn't let it slow him down. His Stonehenge Productions of Marblehead has embarked on a mission to create a core group of dues-paying filmmakers working together to develop scripts, shoot them on high-end digital video, and present the films over the Internet.
Langer, the executive director of Stonehenge and a Marblehead resident since 1970, oversees a group of 13 writers, actors, directors, and techies that formed last year and nicknamed themselves the Castaways. The venture sprang from acting classes taught by Langer at a community center in Marblehead. The Castaways are now seeking a few new members, particularly actors and actresses, who are committed to working on the group's films in various capacities, in exchange for hands-on experience and screen credit.
Langer, whose credentials date back to the Group Theater in his native New York City, says he wants to expand the group to just 20 participants to ensure than everyone gets a chance to work on a film. ''We are looking to produce six short films that are character driven, that don't require big budgets and special effects,'' he says. The plan is for each film to play on the Web site ifilm.com for three months. Langer hopes to have his expanded group in place by September and to start shooting completed scripts right away.
From 1991 to 1998, Langer produced, wrote, and hosted 70 episodes of the community access magazine-format show ''Ready, Willing, Enable,'' about people living with disabilities. It aired on cable systems across New England. Langer for two years directed plays including ''Equus'' and ''The Gin Game'' at the Barton Square Playhouse in Salem.
For more information about the Castaways, contact Stonehenge Productions
at 781-639-2129 or http://www.stonehengeproductions.net
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