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Local filmmaker George A. Johnson, who made a mini-splash in 2005 with his film "The Dreamer," hopes to make a bigger one with his next film, "Homeless for the Holidays." Johnson will conduct auditions for three major roles in the full-length feature from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Rave Motion Pictures in the Jefferson Pointe shopping plaza.

Johnson describes "Homeless for the Holidays" as a dramatic comedy about a corporate executive who loses his job and has no choice but to work at a fast food restaurant.

The dip in pay imperils his family in the months before Christmas.

Johnson likens "Homeless for the Holidays" to the recent hit "Fireproof," an inspirational and ultimately uplifting film with grass roots origins.

"It should give people hope," he says.

Johnson is still looking for an actress to play the executive's wife (age 30 to 40), an actress to play the couple's adopted Asian daughter (age 3 to 5), and an actor to play a mysterious and wise old gent (age 60 to 80).

Shooting will commence April 18.

Principal photography, in Fort Wayne, Auburn and Grabill, should last 4 or 5 consecutive weekends.

There's no pay for appearing in the film, but there may be some prestige.

"I can't say who it is, but a very big Hollywood distributor has expressed interest," he says. "They have even helped tweak the script."

Johnson says that if the film passes muster with this distributor, it will have a theatrical release.