Casting calls planned for Iowa six-on-six girls basketball movie

NEW PROVIDENCE, Iowa- Open casting calls are this Saturday in Des Moines for an upcoming movie about Iowa's "six-on-six" girls basketball tradition. Producers say acting experience is not necessary, although they are looking for high school female basketball players, parents and fans for the movie "New Providence."

The film depicts the final season of Iowa's traditional "six-on-six" basketball tradition.

The first casting call will be Saturday at the Des Moines Playhouse lower level, 831 42ndSt., from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. The second casting call will be Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Iowa Falls Chamber of Commerce, 520 Rockslyvania Ave, Iowa Falls from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

The movie, "New Providence," is the story of Jimmy Voss, an often-controversial New York sportswriter sent to a small town in Iowa to cover the final season of the state's iconic six-on-six high school girls basketball in 1993.

Voss encounters a passion for the sport by the coach and team and an undying love for the small town.

The screenplay's author, Jack Smith, moved to New Providence himself in 1993 to run a business and quickly became a student of the unique game. Fearless Cinema, LLC is developing the script and producing the film.

“Being a basketball and history junkie, I soon learned that in Iowa, girls six-on-six basketball was what high school football is to Texas and boy’s high school basketball is to Indiana," said Smith, who interviewed players, coaches and fans, poured over articles about the sport and watched hours of game video as he wrote his work. "Six-on-six basketball was very special and a small town’s status and spirit was often based on how far its girls’ team advanced in the state tournament.”

(Photo: New Providence Roundhouse)

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