Exit 76, a band from Liberty County, recently performed in the upcoming feature film, “Ben & Ara.”
The film will feature the band in a scene, as well as their original music. The group will also perform live at a movie-wrap party for media, officials, the cast and crew will celebrate.
The film is about religious and cultural tensions when an African Islamic woman, Ara, has an affair with an agnostic man, Ben. Ben falls behind in his PhD dissertation and finds his muse and love in Ara. They find a way to connect in a world that doesn’t accept their relationship, and discover that when two cultures touch the consequences can be magical and tragic.
Samone Norsworthy, producer/production manager of the film, recently heard the band and asked them to be in the movie, pending other OKs.
“After sending the name on to our two lead actors, they immediately looked up Exit 76 on YouTube and loved what they heard, thus making the decision of who to cast very easy,” she said. “These guys have been great to work with, very professional, on time and committed to doing anything we asked, no matter how tedious.”
Norsworthy is the CEO of Wonder Worthy Productions.
“It was an amazing experience, seeing a movie come together and being a part of something like this,” Exit 76 lead guitar and vocalist Dakota Woods said. “We hope that this is just a stepping stone to bigger things for us, knowing that our original music is going to be shown all over the world is unreal.”
Other band members are Wyatt Richey, who lives in Gum Branch, Frankie Meadows, who along with Woods grew up in the east part of the county, and Ashley Sands, whose family has roots here.