Three University of Arkansas at Little Rock students landed jobs in “God’s Not Dead 3,” the latest installment of the faith-based film being filmed in central Arkansas.
Kat Hall, a junior theater major who wants to be a professional costumer, worked one day as a background costumer and was responsible for dressing the extras who were on set.
One of the extras was Leah Gelé of Little Rock, a technical theater major who has worked with light and sound for UA Little Rock theatre productions as well as for several community theater productions in central Arkansas.
“I got involved on a whim really,” Gelé said. “Kat called me and asked if I wanted to be a homeless extra for the day. I said, ‘Sure! Why not?’ There were about 40 homeless extras there, and they just picked us when they needed us. I got picked and was able to interact with both of the main characters for a scene or two.”
Selena Mykenzie Gordon, a Fort Smith native majoring in theater, was cast as a “hipster hostess” in one scene and as a churchgoer in another scene. Filming, on average, ran about 11 hours a day, she said.
“The experience, for me, has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. This being my first role in a movie, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but from the moment I stepped on set everyone had a positive attitude, and it was obvious that they were all there to do something they loved and build a movie that they were passionate about. I did get the chance to meet the lead actors and talk to them when we had breaks, and the things they had to say regarding acting and schooling really impacted me, and I’ll definitely be taking the advice they gave me and applying it.
“I also got the opportunity to spend some time on set with Cissy Houston (American soul and gospel singer and the mother of singer Whitney Houston), and she is hands down the sweetest woman I have ever met with the voice of an angel.”
Gordon was familiar with the film series having watched the first “God’s Not Dead.”
“I loved it,” she said. “I haven’t had the chance to watch the second, but I plan on watching it before the third is released.”
“God’s Not Dead 3” is due for release in spring 2018.
In the upper right photo, Selena Mykenzie Gordon is one of three UA Little Rock students who recently worked on the set of “God’s Not Dead 3.” Submitted photo.