PRESS RELEASE - Into the Wilderness Movie - Auditions & Open Call

Open Call

... now accepting audition submissions


New Film Group, LLC, Director Richard De Witt, and Producers Michael A. Candela, and Ev Stanton announce “Into the Wilderness” a new psychological thriller to be based in Knoxville now accepting audition submissions.

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE, JUNE 10, 2018 - New Film Group, LLC, Director Richard De Witt, and Producers Michael A. Candela, and Ev Stanton have announced details regarding their highly anticipated new film, ‘Into the Wilderness’. 

The new film, which is being shot in Knoxville, depicts the Battle of the Wilderness and the story of a war-hardened Confederate soldier from North Carolina who is faced with a life-changing decision in the heat of battle. 
De Witt and New Film Group, LLC, extend their gratitude to the Tennessee Film Commission and the Visit Knoxville Film Office, as well as to peace activist Ken Nwadike, Jr., who is co-creating a documentary of his life’s story and work called ‘Free Hugs!’ with a parallel release with ‘Into the Wilderness’. 

According to the Visit Knoxville Film Office Director Curt Willis, “We are very proud to welcome the talented folks at New Film Group to Knoxville. We have worked hard to make the city film-friendly and attracting projects like this is exactly what we had in mind in our efforts to grow Knoxville as a destination for high quality independent feature films. With a quick and easy permitting process, low housing costs, low-cost or free city owned locations, professional crews, a very supportive community, and local cash incentives in addition to the 25% rebate from the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, we think Knoxville is a great place for productions to call home. The VK Film Office looks forward to building a strong relationship with the great people at New Film Group and working together for a long time to come.”

The film’s crew will be working with the Visit Knoxville Film Office to schedule open auditions in downtown Knoxville. Audition submissions are now open and can be uploaded via the film’s website.

The crew is searching for a leading role for ‘Into the Wilderness’ right now. 10-11 year old African American kids are asked to submit their auditions immediately for consideration. Principal photography is slated to begin in September 2018 and continue through October 2018, and the film is slated to debut in 2019. 

Nashville Auditions will be held at 2021 21st Ave, South, Ste 104, Nashville, 37212  on June 22nd, 2018 from 1pm-4pm, by appointment only, as well as from 4pm-5pm, open call; and June 23, 2018 from 10am-1pm, by appointment only, and 4pm-5pm, open call (with a strict end time at 5pm).

An open casting call will be held at Gage Talent (408 N. Cedar Bluff Ste 100, Knoxville, TN 37923) on June 24, 2018, from 1pm-6pm; June 25, 2018, from 6pm-9pm; and audition callbacks on June 27 and 28, 2018, at assigned times.

Anyone wishing to audition should bring materials and go online to provide their e-mail address and upload resumes, head shots, and reels at

New Film Group, LLC, looks forward to working in the Knoxville area and teaming up with the Tennessee State Film Commission and Gage Talent! More information can be found at

About Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness is a thriller taking audiences on a journey at the Battle of the Wilderness, when a Confederate soldier is faced with a life-changing decision in the middle of battle. The film is expected to debut in 2019. Auditions are currently underway. 


Michael A. Candela, Producer at New Film Group
Into the Wilderness
Phone: 310-439-8606