Athens-Clarke County Library to Help Patrons Become Extras in Movies

 So you want to be in pictures? Come to the Athens-Clarke County Library to learn what it takes to be a film extra!

 May’s Community Snapshot program, “I Want to Be in Pictures,” will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, and will feature Ted and Lois Brown, who will share stories of their experiences as extras in movies and television shows, and Danielle Robarge Rusk, who will talk about casting from the agency point of view and offer tips on how to get started in the industry.

 The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the library’s Multipurpose Room A. It will also be available for streaming via computer, tablet or mobile device via this link.

 “Being an extra is a lot of fun,” Ted Brown said. “You don’t make a lot of money, but it’s a good activity for someone with time on their hands.”

 Ted and Lois Brown began exploring the possibilities in the film industry last year when they retired and have worked on films including “The Spectacular Now,” “Identity Thief,” and the recently released “Devil’s Knot,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.

 “Most of the time, you’re just a blur in the background. We’ve been in crowd scenes, in audience scenes, and even just walking down the street. For the TV show, ‘Drop Dead Divas,’ we had our photo taken because they needed a family portrait,” Ted Brown said.

 This program is made possible by a leadership grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services called “Reflecting, Sharing, Learning,” awarded to the Athens Regional Library System and Lyndon House Arts Center.

  For more information, please call the Athens-Clarke County Library at (706) 613-3650, ext. 343. The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street, Athens.

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After describing a very long list of physical and psychological changes that naturally occur in the body as it ages, from loss of muscle mass to depression, nutritionist Daniel Kardouni said encouragingly, "Don't think it's all doom and gloom. There are ways around all this." WATCH THE ARCHIVE of his live presentation.

He described a healthy diet consisting of a variety of fresh foods with plenty of color.  Cereal and water are also key ingredients. Certain medications, sensory loss and isolation were some factors he discussed that tend to negatively affect a person's ability to achieve good nutrition.

But what one intervention gives the biggest return on a person's investment in good health? In a very entertaining and informative video, he showed how at least 30 minutes a day of exercise could be the best investment. Kardouni, who is a nutrition counselor and registered dietition skillfully answered questions from audience members during a question and answer session following the presentation.

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It's a given that nutrition is an important determinant of health. As we grow older it is more difficult for many of us to get the nutrition we need. All are welcome to listen to Daniel Kardouni discuss current research on nutritious diets and their effects on people over the age of 65. Kardouni will also provide recommendations and guidelines to avoid increased risks for malnutrition and inflammation. WATCH THE EVENT FROM YOUR COMPUTER, TABLET OR PHONE if you can't come to the library. The program will also be archived on this website. Free and open to the public.

The event is April's Community Snapshot, a series made possible by a leadership grant called Reflecting, Sharing, Learning, awarded to the Lyndon House Arts Center and the Athens Regional Library System by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program will be archived on this website. For more information , please contact Van Burns, 706-613-3650 ext. 343, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..