Jan 6, 2015
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Five players with the San Pablo Cowboys youth football program can now call themselves film actors.

The players, all between ages 11 and 13, were used as extras over the holiday break in the yet-to-be-released indie film “Quest,” which is directed by Berkeley native Santiago Rizzo and stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Betsy Brandt. and Dash Mihok.

Film producers had contacted San Pablo Cowboys Youth Association Senior Athletic Director Andre Williams to request the use of players and equipment for the film, which is reportedly based upon the relationship between Rizzo and his coach/teacher while growing up in Berkeley.

The Cowboys players went to Willard School in Berkeley on Dec. 21 to take part in the filming, Williams said. They had no speaking parts and wore football uniforms with jerseys that were green and white, which are the Willard school colors, he added.

Williams said he met Phillips on the set and added Rizzo visited his storage locker, which was filled with Cowboys gear.

“They were very cool,” Williams said. “Real approachable.”

Here are photos from the storage room the director had visited before the shoot:




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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.