Hollywood actor and director Peter Sarsgaard is in town filming a documentary on an issue that impacts an untold number of lives.
Emily Surico, who coordinates health, safety and crime prevention initiatives for East End Community Services, said Sarsgaard is in town with Divided Films filming for the EPIX network documentary series called "America Divided."
Surico is collecting information and interviews about the heroin epidemic, its impact on lives here, and how Dayton is dealing with it.
“He’s been working with East End and the police,” Surico said. “They are doing a lot of filming around Dayton."
The series was created by Solly Granatstein, Lucian Read and Richard Rowley, with executive producers Norman Lear, Common and Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal.
Sarsgaard and a list of celebrities that includes America Ferrera, Zach Galifianakis and Common are working as correspondents on the series that “explor[es] aspects of inequality related to their own biographies.”
Sarsgaard is expected to attend a performance of “Aladdin” being put on by East End’s Miracle Makers after school program at 5:30 p.m. March 18 at Ruskin Elementary School, 407 Ambrose Court, Dayton.
Surico has met Sarsgaard and expects to be interviewed by him.
"He is fantastic -- completely chill, down to Earth, very easy to talk to,” she said.