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‘End of the Rope’ movie auditions set for Watford City & Bismarck

WATFORD CITY – Auditions for “End of the Rope,” a movie about the last lynching in North Dakota, will be March 27 in Watford City and March 28 in Bismarck.

The auditions will be Saturday, March 27, from 2-6 p.m. at Teddy’s Residential Suites at 113 9th Ave. SE in Watford City and Sunday, March 28, from 2-6 p.m. at D&N Cinematics, 212 E. Main in Bismarck.

“The auditions are an open call for actors and no need to sign up,” said Daniel Bielinski, Bismarck, producer of the movie.

Auditions also can be done virtually.

For more information about auditions visit endoftheropefilm.com or EndoftheRopeFilmND on Facebook.

“End of the Rope” is based on true events. It was inspired by the book of the same name written by Dennis Johnson of Watford City.

The book, available for purchase at the Pioneer Museum in Watford City, details the murders of the Albert and Lulia Haven family who lived on a farm near Schafer in McKenzie County and events leading up to the lynching of Charles Bannon, the last lynching to occur in North Dakota in the 1930s.

The film is a collaboration between Bielinski, founder of Canticle Productions, a theater film and TV production company, and Bismarck-based production company D&N Cinematics. Charlie Griak, Minneapolis, will direct the movie.

Bielinski, Griak, and D&N previously collaborated on the North Dakota feature “Lamentations,” to be released in fall 2021.”

Crew and cast for the “End of the Rope” film will total about 40 people. Production is scheduled to begin in August with the official release set for 2022.

“We want to pull as much talent as we can from right here in our area” said Bielinski. “We’re excited for the casting and want to encourage people to audition if they think they may be right for a part.”

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