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Casting About -- CASTING ABOUT is a lyrical documentary that illuminates the grit, mystery and raw emotion behind the process of casting actors. Shot from the filmmaker's point of view, the viewer encounters many of the 350 diverse actresses who test for a trio of roles in a dramatic film, in auditions held in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London and Los Angeles. Deftly weaving together interviews, monologues, private moments, the film creates an impressionistic and moving collage of the casting experience.
Casting About -- A lyrical documentary that explores the experience of casting for a dramatic film, weaving together footage from auditions with 350 actresses in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, and Los Angeles.

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Cast

 

Wendy Elizabeth Abraham ... Herself

Mädchen Amick ... Herself
Jeannette Arndt ... Herself
Solveig August ... Herself
Nina Bagusat ... Herself
Kristina Bangert ... Herself
Silvana Bayer ... Herself

Emily Behr ... Herself
Amalie Bizer ... Herself

Elizabeth Bogush ... Herself

Tina Bordihn ... Herself
Hannah Bourne ... Herself

Jennifer Bradley ... Herself

Brigid Brannagh ... Herself
Julia Bremermann ... Herself

Liz May Brice ... Herself
Anne-Sophie Briest ... Herself
Julie Carpineto ... Herself
Kim Cassidy ... Herself

Lara Cazalet ... Herself
Stacey Cervellino ... Herself
Sarah Charipar ... Herself

Stephanie Childers ... Herself

Diana Cignoni ... Herself
Darcy Cohler ... Herself

Jessica Collins ... Herself
Tiffany Conroy ... Herself

Mary Kay Cook ... Herself
Melisande Cook ... Herself
Honey Crawford ... Herself
Rosana Crombie ... Herself

Gesine Cukrowski ... Herself

Annett Culp ... Herself

Sandra Darnell ... Herself

Manao DeMuth ... Herself
Kelly Dirstine ... Herself
Melanie Dix ... Herself
Heather Dumont ... Herself
Nora Düding ... Herself

Anna Easteden ... Herself (as Anna Shemeikka)

Nicole Eggert ... Herself
Kerry Elkins ... Herself
Tania Emery ... Herself
Jennifer Engstrom ... Herself
Nicole Ernst ... Herself

Mareike Fell ... Herself
Deirdre Fitzmaurice ... Herself
Molly Flynn ... Herself

Nina Franoszek ... Herself
Phoebe Frye ... Herself
Jule Gartzke ... Herself
Johanna-Christine Gehlen ... Herself
Claudia Geisler-Bading ... Herself (as Claudia Geisler)
Jasmin Gerat ... Herself

Sue Gillan ... Herself
Linda Gillum ... Herself
Dana Goodman ... Herself (as Dana Min Goodman)

Shana Goodsell ... Herself
Sharon Gopfert ... Herself
Susanne Gärtner ... Herself

Eva Habermann ... Herself
Audrey Hager ... Herself
Nicole Halstead ... Herself
Sarah Hankins ... Herself
Khara Hanlon ... Herself
Petra Hartung ... Herself
Lauren Hayward ... Herself
Darra Herman ... Herself

Erin Hershey ... Herself
Michaela Hinnenthal ... Herself
Elizabeth Hobbs ... Herself

Ruby Hobbs ... Herself (as Elizabeth Hobbs)
Deborah Hodges ... Herself

Alexandra Holden ... Herself
Lian-Marie Holmes ... Herself
Holli Hornlien ... Herself
Julia Horvath ... Herself (as Julia Christina)
Susanne Hoss ... Herself

Tiffany Howcroft ... Herself
Simone Huber ... Herself

Marin Ireland ... Herself

Sarah Rachel Isenberg ... Herself
Danica Ivancevic ... Herself
Katie Jeep ... Herself

Eva Kaminsky ... Herself
Megan Kellie ... Herself
Jenny Kern ... Herself (as Jennifer Kern)
Deborah King ... Herself
Johanna Klante ... Herself
Anja Kling ... Herself
Valerie Koch ... Herself
Naomi Krauss ... Herself
Lauren Krol ... Herself
Bettina Kurth ... Herself
Linda Ladas ... Herself
Florentine Lahme ... Herself

Elizabeth Laidlaw ... Herself

Courtney Lamb ... Herself
Joy Lamberton ... Herself
Bettina Lamprecht ... Herself
Molly Lanzarotta ... Herself
Gwen Larsen ... Herself
Laura Latreille ... Herself
Caroline Lawton ... Herself
Christina Lazarakis ... Herself

Katrina Lenk ... Herself
Elin Lundgren ... Herself
Beate Maes ... Herself
Julia Malik ... Herself
Simone Marean ... Herself

Desiree Matthews ... Herself

Helen McElwain ... Herself
Anita McFarlane ... Herself

Aislín McGuckin ... Herself
Jameelah McMillan ... Herself
Coco Medvitz ... Herself
Kymberly Mellen ... Herself
Shelley Minto ... Herself (as Shelly Minto)
Juliana Mitchell ... Herself
Marina Morgan ... Herself
Michelle Morgan ... Herself

Sarah Jane Morris ... Herself (as Sarah Morris)
Hemmendy Nelson ... Herself

Elisabeth Oas ... Herself
Celeste Oliva ... Herself
Leigh Oquendo ... Herself

Clara Perez ... Herself
Danielle Perry ... Herself

Jillian Peterson ... Herself
Tracy Peyton ... Herself (as Tracy Schmetterer)
Eliza Pierson ... Herself
Katherine Place ... Herself
Daria Polatin ... Herself
Carrie Porter ... Herself
Sabina Riedel ... Herself
Laura Rogers ... Herself
Katrina Romanoff ... Herself
Rachel Romanski ... Herself
Heather Rosbeck ... Herself
Heidi Saban ... Herself
Negaar Sagafi ... Herself
Kria Sakakeeny ... Herself
Angela Sandritter ... Herself
Franziska Schlattner ... Herself

Mandy Schneider ... Herself
Laura Schuhrk ... Herself
Jenn Schulte ... Herself
Saskia Schwarz ... Herself
Laura Schweitzer ... Herself
Leslie Sellers ... Herself

Nicole Shalhoub ... Herself
Lily Shaw ... Herself

Krissy Shields ... Herself

Mika Simmons ... Herself
Sybil Smith ... Herself
Patti Spahn ... Herself
Julia Stelter ... Herself
Maria Stevens ... Herself
Katja Studt ... Herself
Ann-Cathrin Sudhoff ... Herself
Clare Swinburne ... Herself
Isabella Szendzielorz ... Herself

Mina Tander ... Herself
Liz Terzo ... Herself
Elaine Theodore ... Herself
Patricia Thielemann ... Herself
Tabea Tiesler ... Herself
Laura Tonke ... Herself
Petra Torky ... Herself
Susie Trayling ... Herself
Saskia Valencia ... Herself
Holly Vanasse ... Herself
Brinley Arden Vickers ... Herself

Gillian Vigman ... Herself
Claudia Vogt ... Herself
Kathrin von Steinburg ... Herself
Anastasia Webb ... Herself

Sarah Wellington ... Herself

Alexandra Wescourt ... Herself
Taylor Wilcox ... Herself

Jennifer Winters ... Herself
Amanda Witt ... Herself

Andrea Wright ... Herself (as Andrea Walker)

Petra Wright ... Herself
Dawn Zeek ... Herself
Krysta Brielle Zeiset ... Herself
Helen Zellweger ... Herself

Directed by
Barry J. Hershey 
 
Produced by
Lewis D. Wheeler .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Allie Humenuk (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marc Grossman 
 
Sound Department
Richard Bock .... supervising sound editor
Robert Fernandez .... re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Scott Benson .... visual effects
 
Casting Department
Matt Bouldry .... casting assistant
Marilyn Johnson .... casting: London
Michelle Lewitt .... casting: Los Angeles
Mickie Paskal .... casting: Chicago
Carolyn Pickman .... casting: Boston
Sabine Schroth .... casting: Berlin
Leslie Sellers .... casting assistant
Rachel Tenner .... casting: Chicago
 
Editorial Department
John Crowley .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Other crew
Susan Bradley .... title designer
 

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USA:86 min
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Great and surprisingly touching documentary, 9 March 2005
Author: David Coffman (davidlcoffman@gmail.com) from United States

All Actors should see this as a primer for auditioning on camera.

Dozens of women in multiple cities and countries audition for a film that the director originally intends may include their audition clips, so he films them in DV with better lighting and more time than your typical audition. While the original film is never made, the auditions themselves are so moving and informative that the director and producer decide to release a documentary "starring" the auditioners.

There are some arty moments, including a lovely (but somewhat distracting) "hand ballet," but the bulk of the film is women talking and acting, sometimes very well, other times not so much. The director, producer and editor clearly have favorites, and they get much more screen time than others, but, for the most part, their choices are right on, and the chosen women are riveting to watch on screen.

This will never be a commercial hit, but it can be an invaluable tool for people in the business. I saw it at the Sedona Film Festival in March, 2005, and one of the Actors -- one of the "favorites" -- was there viewing herself for the first time. As educational for her as for the rest of us. There are a couple of recognizable names -- Madchen Amick among them -- but most are unknown and hard-working Actors around the world, striving for their first, or next, gig.

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