Frequent collaborators Seth Rogen and James Franco have lent their talents to a pair of high school filmmakers’ by appearing in their comedic short film, Dumpster Diving. In cooperation with the newly-founded charitable organization And Action! – which was co-founded by Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Preacher) – Rogen recruited a number of his close personal friends to appear in two short films that were filmed at John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles and the Rene Gordon Health and Wellness Academy in Toronto.
Echoing back to their own humble beginnings as the high school screenwriters of what would eventually become the 2007 blockbuster hit that is Superbad, Rogen and Goldberg established And Action! to allow young teenagers with an interest in film production the opportunity to work with established talents in the industry. Nevertheless, L.A. natives Eduardo Cho and Kimberly Carrillo were taken a little aback upon arriving on the set of Dumpster Diving to be greeted by the likes of Rogen, Franco, Nick Kroll (Sausage Party), Hannah Simone (New Girl), and Michael Peña (Ant-Man).
Courtesy of And Action!, Cho and Carrillo were afforded the opportunity to make their very own high school comedy short with the help of Rogen, Franco, and company. The result is Dumpster Diving (which general viewers can see for themselves over at THR), a tongue-in-cheek bit of sophomoric tomfoolery that centers around Rogen and Peña playing the part of two bullied high school students who befriend a number of local gang members and their leader El Diablo (played by a face tattoo-sporting Franco).
And Action! is designed to allow aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters in high school to hash out original script ideas with Rogen and Goldberg, before bringing their visions to life on an actual film set. In addition to Dumpster Diving, a second And Action! comedy short titled Robot Bullies is on the way from Toronto starring Jay Baruchel (Goon: Last of the Enforcers).
It’s exciting to see two comedy all-star talents like Rogen and Goldberg lend a hand by paving the way for aspiring filmmakers to break into the industry under their tutelage. And with the help of Hollywood royalty such as Franco taking turns in front of the camera for the recipients of the services offered by And Action!, it will be interesting to see what other productions and talents will be developed under the charity’s auspices next.
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