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The winner of the 2024 Kinetic Grand Championship: HumBULLdt Pie Factory
Competing for the glory at the annual Kinetic Grand Championship
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Cast of Alice by Heart bowing at the end of closing night
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Ilana Maclay, Feature editor • June 12, 2024

Lights fade. Drapes open. The audience falls quiet. The Spring musical production of “Alice by Heart” opens with a beautiful image of Alice...

Ethnic studies class postponed yet again
Taya Holmes, Copy Editor • June 12, 2024

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Bathrooms vandalised, students suspended
Caterina Morones, Production Manager • June 12, 2024

Admin closed multiple bathrooms until further notice due to accounts of vandalism, vaping, and other disrespectful acts. Principal Ron Perry...

Gary: The man behind the cemetery gate
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Paid extras still needed to hang out with Leonardo DiCaprio

It’s not the first time a big movie has been filmed in our area.
Ilana Maclay
Leonardo Dicaprio running down the freeway while Arcatans watch.

A movie from renowned director Paul Thomas Anderson is set to begin filming in Humboldt around mid-January. It will star Leonardo DiCaprio, Regina Hall, and Sean Penn. Variety magazine reported “insiders” claiming the budget for the film could reach up to $100 million.

Casting Directors Kelly Hunt and Tracy Dixon are currently seeking paid extras of all backgrounds across Humboldt County. In addition, the Humboldt Film Commission is looking for a white pickup truck of any model and either a green Suzuki Geo Tracker or Suzuki Samurai.

The project has been publicly referred to as “BC” since production began, with few other details currently available surrounding the content of the movie.

Redwood News reported of a Warner Bros bus spotted in Arcata next to Dominos last week. Other sightings have been reported “on the 101” and “in various places around Eureka” according to multiple Arcata High students who responded to an anonymous Pepperbox poll.

Casting calls began early December for adults and minors aged 12 and older. Residents are instructed to email [email protected] with their two best photos, height, weight, clothing sizes, city and state, and phone number, adding either “Eureka Local” or “Eureka Minor” in the subject line.

Hayden Ewing is a senior at Eureka High School. His theater teacher, Nanette Voss, was emailed early on by one of the casting directors who sought auditions for both main cast roles and extras.

“I’m an extra, which means all I’m gonna be doing is very briefly [appearing] in a dance scene with all the other extras,” Ewing said. “We are in, like, a high school dance setting and our costumes are pretty much guidelines of 50s to 80s. Then, we were also told to wear white.”

He speculated that the movie could be “in the 90s” because of the costumes and callouts they’ve made requesting specific cars. He was not sure whether the whole movie is in a high school setting or if it’s just one scene.

It’s also not the first time a big movie has been filmed in our area.

“Return of the Jedi,” the final movie in the Star Wars originals, was partially filmed in Humboldt back in 1982. Since, “A Wrinkle in Time” was shot at Sequoia Park and Sue-meg back in 2016. “The Sky is Everywhere,” an Apple original, was also filmed here in October, 2020 at Arcata High School.

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Anthony Vasek
Anthony Vasek, Managing Editor
Anthony Vasek has been a reporter for the Pepperbox, a student-run publication with nearly a century of history, since 2022. This year he is excited to use his knowledge to take on an editorial role. His coverage revolves mostly around sensitive topics, such as mental health and drug use. He also does a great deal of graphic design, leading the class in InDesign during each layout session. Two articles of his have won both first and second place, respectively, in the Feature category of the Jackie Awards. Personally, he has a strong belief towards the supremacy of felines and fish.
Ilana Maclay
Ilana Maclay, Feature Section Editor
Ilana Maclay is ready to start a new year at the Pepperbox. She has written mostly feature and news articles but is ready to broaden her writing beyond what she has done in the past. Last year, she worked at The Pepperbox as a reporter, writer, and news editor. Ilana hopes to bring new ideas to the table this year and help others with whatever they might need guidance in.
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