I've often joked that you can tell within 5 seconds of reading a breakdown (like a casting call) if it's someone's first film, or at least their first audition process.
Now, of course there is nothing wrong with first films. I personally love working with students and emerging artists for a lot of reasons - which is why I'm reading those breakdowns in the first place and still going to those disorganized, awkward auditions where there's no place to sit or sign in and the panel looks terrified at being there...but I'll bet nine times out of ten no one is intentionally looking to advertise the fact that this is their first rodeo!
It occurred to me that while actors audition all the time for a huge range of projects, filmmakers often have never cast anything but their own work, so even if they're actually quite established they may still be clueless to how casting usually happens.
I say 'usually' instead of 'should' because there's obviously no one right way to do anything in this crazy creative industry, but there are standards...expectations...call them Best Practices, if you will, that I think would behoove indie filmsters to familiarize themselves with if they want to appear professional and also get the best people for their movie in their movie.
So I put that all out there into the ether and Destiny replied with an "Amen, sister!" so then we asked a bunch of people more famous than us to hang out with us for a night and talk about it all!
Guests include Hysteria director Tanya Wexler and Spike Lee protégé Michael 'Boogie' Pinckney (You're Nobody til Somebody Kills You). Queen of the Indies casting director Adrienne Stern and Stephanie Perry from SAG-AFTRA will join Arbitrage producer Lauren Versel to round out the team!
It'll be fun and it's not just for women!
We're all volunteers, including our panelists, so 100% of your entrance fee supports New York Women in Film and Television, a public charity advocating for equity in the industry.
(So you can go ahead and write it off in your Schedule C.)
Mon Nov 18th
Tribeca Screening Room
375 Greenwich Street
$15 for NYWIFT members/$25 for non-members
Hope to see you there!