In efforts to inspire the next generation of filmmakers, actor Seth Rogen and his longtime friend Adrienne Slover, who teaches kindergarten in Toronto have teamed up to launch “And Action!” — a program that offers students to write and shoot an original movie, starring some of the biggest names in comedy.
With the pilot program focused on two schools — 13 high-schoolers from John C. Fremont in Los Angeles and eight grade-schoolers in the Rene Gordon Health and Wellness Academy in Toronto, where Slover teaches — students were not tipped off that any major stars would be involved and were invited to submit a written application.
For the first round, the lucky students from LA developed a screenplay about bullying with a comedic twist, and to their surprise, the involvement of Seth Rogen and James Franco were kept under wraps until the day of the shoot.
Along with the aid of longtime-collaborator Evan Goldberg, the session turned into a short film titled Dumpster Diving — an 11-minute comedy about two bullied teens (played by Seth Rogen and Michael Pena) who fall in with a couple of gang members (Nick Kroll and Hannah Simone), and eventually introduced to gang-leader El Diablo, played by James Franco.
Enjoy the video below and read how it all went down directly from The Hollywood Reporter.
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