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Calling all women for video

Besides the casting call for the independent film “Coldwater” on May 4 at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), area residents have another opportunity to be before a camera.

An all-female casting call for the Willknots music video “4 AM” will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Boardwalk in Orangevale.

Shane Hayes, the “Coldwater” location manager, is producer-director of the Willknots’ video. He needs to find 300 women and a “dream girl,” whom he calls every man’s fantasy, for the video.

Cast members must either be at least 18 or have a parent on site Saturday to sign a release form.

The video will be shot May 11 at La Sierra Skate Park in Carmichael. Thrasher and Slap magazines and KWOD radio in Sacramento are sponsoring the endeavor, according to Hayes.

“The Willknots are widely considered the next big band to break from Sacramento,” Hayes said. “They have been getting great airplay from the ‘4 AM’ single and are a great bunch of guys.”

For more information, check out the Web site at

“The video will be a blast,” Hayes said. “For the casting call, just show up or visit the Web site. Don’t bring anything but yourselves and a desire to have fun.”

Inaugural jazz camp in July

Nevada County Arts Council will hold an inaugural jazz camp led by top Northern California musicians.

The camp will be a jazz introduction for middle and high school and adult participants from July 17 to 20 at Nevada Union High School.

The curriculum will include jazz theory, improvisation and small ensemble performance techniques.

Artistic director Bill Douglass is a bassist and bamboo flutist who lives in Chicago Park and has played jazz in the Bay Area since 1965. He is on the faculty of the Jazzschool in Berkeley.

All instruments are welcome, although the sections will be geared to reeds, brass, piano, bass, drums and guitar.

Students from Nevada, Placer, Sierra and Yuba counties will have priority.

Call the Nevada County Arts Council at 271-5955 for information.

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