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Sundance Films Reveal Their Casting Secrets: 26 Filmmakers Tell Us How They Did It — Sundance 2017

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Sundance Films Reveal Their Casting Secrets: 26 Filmmakers Tell Us How They Did It — Sundance 2017
From working with non-professionals to writing roles for specific actors to hiring a top casting director, there is no one way to find a great cast for an independent film. IndieWire checked in with the Dramatic Competition and Next directors of Sundance 2017 to find out their secrets.

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Gillian Robespierre, “LandlineJenny Slate was attached from the beginning. I wrote the role of Donna in “Obvious Child” for Jenny, and when sitting down to write the next project it was a no-brainer to write another role for her. We then built the family around her with the help of two incredible casting directors, Doug Aibel and Stephanie Holbrook.

Zoe Lister-Jones, “Band Aid” Almost all the actors in the film were either friends or people I had personal connections to, so it was a relatively easy process.
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Locarno briefs: Piazza Grande subject to minor arson attack

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Locarno briefs: Piazza Grande subject to minor arson attack
The Piazza Grande was subject to an arson attack; Switzerland has selected its 2017 Oscar candidate; The Doc Alliance Selection winner has been revealed; Nyon festival changes afoot.

Arson attack on Locarno’s Piazza Grande screen

Locarno’s world-famous open-air venue on the Piazza Grande was the victim of an arson attack at the weekend.

The fire was quickly brought under control by Locarno’s fire service. Subsequent screenings were not disrupted although there was some damage to bottom of the screen.

A 37-year-old local man was arrested by the police at in the early hours of Saturday morning after Friday night’s screening of Jason Bourne.

The man, who was under the influence of alcohol at the time of his arrest, is apparently known to the police for previous arson attacks in the region, including other parts of the festival infrastructure in the past.

Following recent events in Europe, security measures had been stepped for this year
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