A Cassel Core Industries & Blue Bench Studios feature film production!

Amid the pandemic, a newly divorced mom struggling to heal moves home to North Pole, Alaska, where quirky characters lend support as she rekindles her long- lost pioneer spirit.

The Production
Check out film’s vision board here!
Meet the Director: Originally from North Pole, Alaska, Rebecca Casselman is an American actress, director and writer. She earned a Master of Theatre Arts degree in 2010, and as a military spouse has traveled extensively, directing and acting in Missouri, Alaska, Arizona, California, and Illinois.
Rebecca wrote, directed, and produced the feature film Next to North as her auteur debut in 2021. Her other directing credits include theatre productions: Crimes of the Heart, Poof, The Comedy of Errors and web series The Queen Tries.
Rebecca holds supporting roles in two award-winning independent films, and appeared in season two of HBO’s Big Little Lies, and season two of the Netflix production 13 Reasons Why. She’s also graced the stage in theatrical productions of: Lost in Yonkers, Little Women, and Charlie’s Aunt.
During pandemic season Rebecca further developed her craft with remote training intensives; most notably with casting legend Jane Jenkins, and Emmy Award winner Matt Roberts, owner of D.P. Smith Actors’ Studio: Rebecca has “such a wonderful, natural quality that is entertaining to watch and work with”.
Rebecca is co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of Cassel Core Industries, a management and layered production company, where she is a podcast producer and co-host for Candy from Strangers and audiobook narrator of The Fourth Fate, a jr. fiction novel written for the underrepresented upper middle-grade niche, released in May of 2021.
Along with acting and developing content, Rebecca enjoys hosting actor mentorship and consulting sessions for the development of fellow artists and collaborators. Connect with her on IG @rebecca.casselman
Meet the Director of Photography: Entrepreneur of the creation studio Nostalgic Forevers and St. Louis native, Darius Marcel Hagens, is a creator. His DP credits include two short films: Precursor, Divine, and the web series It’s Complicated. He holds a BFA from the University of Central Missouri in Theatre Performance with a minor in Broadcast Media. He is multifaceted as a cinematographer, actor, and certified life coach. Hagens aspires to change the world around him through art and holistic wellness. To experience Alaska through his lens as lead DP on the feature Next to North was life-changing.

Principal Photography has Wrapped!

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the movie!

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