[Audio] Around 230 locals given small and background parts for movie; Humboldt’s last week of news

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week: After 22 days of shooting in our beautiful home the production of the indie-comedy film “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn” wrapped up in Humboldt County last week.

“They hired about a dozen local crew and 230 background and small parts,” said Humboldt-Del-Norte Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine. “… the stars had a lot of time to sightsee and they were so kind to the locals when recognized.”

The movie follows the main characters’ “unsatisfying marriage (taking) a turn for the worse.” Among others it stars Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), Craig Robinson (This Is the End), and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). They shot mostly in Arcata, Eureka, and Fortuna.

Hesseltine said she plans to release the amount of money the production spent while working in Humboldt County soon. That amount will be posted on the Humboldt Last Week Facebook when it’s available.

“An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn” serves as yet another project to list on Humboldt’s recent winning streak for film productions including Disney’s “A Wrinkle In Time,” the upcoming Kirsten Dunst thriller “Woodshock,” as well as the unique Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano movie “Swiss Army Man.”

Also covered: Arcata’s pillow fight, lots of STDs, ditched dogs, Uber is now available (and you can drive them), that school district dilemma in Eureka, Guy Fieri’s thank you, crime, getting dam straight about Ruth Lake, possible PG&E savings, houses for sale in Scotia, and much more.

Cast and crew courtesy of Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission



  • What a good looking bunch!

  • Was Ruth full during the ’64 flood?

  • 230 background actors hired and locals were hired for the crew – that is great news!

  • Film Professional

    I assume the BG (extras) were all non-union/ non-SAG (Screen Actors Guild). Did they use any/many union talent (actors) BG, or crew in the area?

    Non-union is a good place to start a career in the film biz (esp for crew).
    So, these are TIPS to those locals who were hired on the crew (and who want more of that work):
    1). Get (industry established) names for references.
    2). Maintain your industry contacts. Stay in touch at least periodically (a holiday e-card at least).
    3). List yourself in the local Production Guide, ASAP.
    4). If you want work when it’s slow in Hum/DN, to keep building your resume, stay aware/check about productions shooting in communities where you can stay with friends or family. This is called, being available to ‘work as a local’. (Locals are a priority hire, for many reasons).
    5). Look for other places locally that you can keep honing your craft and building your resume. Talk to Cassandra, check with HSU, and other local arts organizations.

    I have taken this path, and ended up in the union.
    If you love the work, are diligent, have a good attitude, and work hard, YOU can find success in the entertainment industry!

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