DEADLINE.COM – Hal Linden (Barney Miller) and Ryan Ochoa (Disney series Pair of Kings) have been cast in indie film The Samuel Project, along with Ken Davitian, Mateo Arias, Michael B. Silver, and Philippe Bowgen. Marc Fusco is directing the pic from a script he co-wrote with Chris Neighbors. Filming is said to begin in San Diego this week. The feature is about a teen (Ochoa) who gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Linden) when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, the young man discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy. Steve Weinberger and Rebecca Reyes are producing, while Jeff Deverett of Deverett Media exec produce.