13 September 2012 8:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Casting By," the new documentary by "Guest of Cindy Sherman" director Tom Donahue, has been acquired for TV by HBO. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Monday and next screens at the New York Film Festival October 12. Produced by Kate Lacey, Donahue, Ilan Arboleda and Joanna Colbert, "Casting By" looks at the last fifty years in Hollywood by way of casting directors, profiling pioneers in the field like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster, whose ability to spot screen potential helped shape the New Hollywood era with films such as “Midnight Cowboy,” “The Graduate,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Bonnie and Clyde.” These casting directors helped steer cinema away from traditional conceptions of leading men and women, finding places for actors such as James Dean, Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman. »

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