- May 17, 2021
-- The journey to become a film actor is a very difficult road. With so many actors each year hoping to be noticed and chosen to join a film cast. The odds against aspiring actors can be staggering. For two Michigan born actors Michael Rene Walton and DJ Perry, the journey has been a slow and steady rise through the elusive film acting industry. And now they've both joined the cast of Collective Development Inc.'s (CDI) WW2 home front drama "Silent Night in Algona" shooting this fall with Anthony Hornus (Man's Best Friend) directing.
Michael Rene Walton and DJ Perry actually co-starred in CDI's first low budget feature 'Knight Chills' in the late 90's. Michael also participated in CDI's "An Ordinary Killer," "Wild Faith," and "Lost Heart" also starring in films such as "20 Ft. Below: Darkness Descends" opposite Danny Trejo and "6 Ways to Die" opposite Vivica A. Fox. Recently Walton appeared as Dr. Charles Aronson on FOX network's "The Resident" as well as rolls on network shows such as "Genius," Tyler Perry's "The Haves and The Have Nots" and "Being Mary Jane." He will play the part of MP Lewis, a dutiful and open-minded guard who forms friendships with many of the men he is meant to guard.
DJ Perry has survived and thrived for three decades in the film industry. His riveting performances continue to bring him opportunities to travel the globe bringing memorable and powerful roles to the screen. Roles such as Jesus in "The Quest Trilogy," trapper Ben Lily in "Wild Faith" and veteran Paul Landings in "Man's Best Friend". In "Silent Night in Algona" he will portray camp commander Col. Lodell. Perry's character guides the PW camp with a firm yet fair hand. His mission is to hold these captured men with dignity until the war is over so they could return home. The bar that was set on treatment of prisoners was meant to serve as a shining example, hopefully resulting in mutual treatment of our own captured soldiers.
Both Walton and Perry show just how far persistence and passion can take you. A couple of Michigan boys done good. "Silent Night in Algona" is based on true events. For more info on CDI please visit www.cdiproductions.com