Cast members are being sought for the movie “Catatonk Blues,” which stars Treat Williams and is set to begin filming later this month in Rockland and Augusta.

Local Maine non-union extras, age 18 to 70, are needed, attired to play a cross-section of the Maine populace including lobstermen, Congressmen (Capitol Hill), veterans and businessmen.

Compensation for non-union extras is set at $7.50 per hour, with mainland filming scheduled for late September through early October; time-and-a-half will be paid after eight hours in the same day. Extras are expected to work some 12-hour days.

Interested parties should send an email message as soon as possible to catatonkextras@gmail.com with their names, a photograph and cell phone contact information.

Banner year for movies in Maine

“Catatonk Blues” is among the 14 productions certified by the Maine Film Office this year. The 2013 films have an estimated direct-spend in Maine of nearly $3.7 million; in 2012, there were eight certified productions and $1.5 million spent directly in Maine.

Much of the credit for the 2013 increase goes to the work being done by the Film Office’s new director, Karen Carberry Warhola, who came on board just about a year ago, said Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais. According to Carberry Warhola, it all boils down to building relationships.

"My approach continues to be proactive, reaching out to producers and location scouts," said Carberry Warhola. "We can't just sit back and wait for the phone to ring; we need to be out their selling Maine and recruiting these companies."

Although Maine cannot offer the same level of film incentives as other states, Maine remains competitive in the industry. Incentives are only a part of the complete package. The Maine Film Office is proactively working to market and promote the growth of the production industry, and has undertaken a variety of new initiatives to showcase Maine as a location. Those efforts include updates to the Maine Film Office website to make it easier for producers to find locations; talented crew; local businesses that can supply needed goods and services; and film-friendly communities.

Carberry Warhola also meets regularly with filmmakers, reads scripts and attends film industry trade shows, local and national film festivals, screenings and industry events. The Maine Film Office is part of the Maine Office of Tourism within the Department of Economic and Community Development. Film, television and commercial production companies spending at least $75,000 in Maine may qualify for the Maine Visual Media Incentive Plan. The incentives are a mix of various rebates and credits.

"The spotlight is definitely shining on Maine," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "We all benefit from a strong and vibrant film industry. The more film and television productions that are done here, the more private investment we attract putting more Mainers to work."

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.