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Film Festival Roundup: Sunscreen Unveils Main Slate, Montclair Announces Special Screenings, Dallas Names Honorees and More

Film Festival Roundup: Sunscreen Unveils Main Slate, Montclair Announces Special Screenings, Dallas Names Honorees and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Exclusive: The 12th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival announced its official selections for the 2017 event featuring films with Alec Baldwin, Dylan McDermott, John Cleese, Daphne Zuniga and more. Opening night will feature Michael Mailer’s newest film, “Blind,” a romantic-drama, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott. Closing night will wrap up the festival with “Albion: The Enchanted Stallion,” a family fantasy adventure, starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, Jennifer Morrison and Stephen Dorff.

Retrospective Screenings will include Daphne Zuniga appearance at the festival honoring the 30th anniversary of “Spaceballs.” Also in this category will be “The Greatest Show on Earth,” from 1952 directed by Cecile B. DeMille, which won the Oscar for Best Pictures and Best Writing in 1953. The screening will honor the closing of the Ringling Bros.
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​Casting Directors and the Academy: Why Lynn Stalmaster’s Honorary Oscar Matters

​Casting Directors and the Academy: Why Lynn Stalmaster’s Honorary Oscar Matters
On Saturday night, Lynn Stalmaster will become the first casting director ever to receive an Academy Award as he’s presented an Honorary Oscar alongside documentarian Frederick Wiseman, editor Anne V. Coates, and Jackie Chan.

Stalmaster has cast countless classics (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) and helped launch the careers of actors like John Travolta and Jeff Bridges. Yet, for the Academy, and its relatively new casting director branch, honoring the casting veteran has a deeper meaning and potentially larger implications.

Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles of a movie that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but with Stalmaster receiving his award on Saturday many feel it is simply a matter of when, not if.

The job of casting director is one that Stalmaster invented with Marion Dougherty (she passed away in 2011) after the studio system crumbled in the 1950s. However, it’s only
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‘Davi’s Way’ Exclusive Clip: New Documentary Follows Actor Robert Davi’s Quest To Honor Frank Sinatra

‘Davi’s Way’ Exclusive Clip: New Documentary Follows Actor Robert Davi’s Quest To Honor Frank Sinatra
Though Robert Davi is best known for his lengthy acting career, but his recent professional singing career has garnered him much acclaim, especially for his first album “Davi Sings Sinatra — On The Road To Romance,” which placed at #6 on the Billboard Jazz charts. Now, a new comedic and poignant documentary “Davi’s Way” follows Davi on his quest to honor Sinatra on his 100th birthday by meticulously recreating his historic “Main Event” concert at Madison Square Garden. In the vein of “This Is Spinal Tap” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Davi and his assistant must frantically prepare for the night in question. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: Hamptons International Film Festival Announces Spotlight Films, World Cinema and Shorts Programs

The film is directed by Tom Donahue, who previously directed documentaries such as “Casting By,” which tells the story of legendary casting director Marion Doherty, and “Thank You for Your Service,
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Hamptons International Film Festival Announces Spotlight Films Including ‘La La Land’

Hamptons International Film Festival Announces Spotlight Films Including ‘La La Land’
The Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff) has announced the titles screening in several sections of the festival’s programming, including Spotlight, World Cinema and Views from Long Island.

Damien Chazelle’s highly-acclaimed “La La Land,” which has already seen success at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, is among the movies on the Spotlight slate. Other Spotlight Films include Jordan Roberts’ “Burn Your Maps,” Garth Davis’ “Lion” and Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” among others.

“Over Columbus Day Weekend in a spectacular setting, we offer five full days of films for our impassioned audience, including dozens of premieres as well as the breakout hits and award winners from the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, and Toronto Film Festivals,” said Hiff Artistic Director David Nugent. “From the dazzling choreography of ‘La La Land,’ the quiet beauty of ‘Moonlight,’ to the belly laughs of ‘Toni Erdmann,’ our audiences will see the films that are sure to
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Geena Davis to produce documentary about Hollywood gender inequality

Actor and campaigner says feature-length film will highlight data collected by her gender and media institute, along with testimonials from women in the industry

Geena Davis will produce a feature-length documentary about gender inequality in Hollywood. According to Variety, the actor will work on the project with the film-maker Tom Donahue, who also directed HBO documentary Casting By.

Related: Geena Davis on dearth of female characters: 'Is this not the 21st century?'

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Geena Davis Producing Documentary on Hollywood’s Gender Inequality (Exclusive)

Geena Davis Producing Documentary on Hollywood’s Gender Inequality (Exclusive)
Geena Davis and CreativeChaos vmg are launching a partnership to produce an untitled feature documentary on gender disparity in Hollywood.

“I’ve been encouraged by my peers speaking out on gender disparity in recent years, but we still are not seeing the actual number change,” Davis told Variety. “There’s been no real improvement in the number of female roles since 1946 and there’s still a dearth of female directors.”

Tom Donahue, director of the HBO feature documentary “Casting By,” will helm the film.

The story will be told through the eyes of experts and researchers using data provided by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, as well as first-person accounts of high-profile actors, executives and artists in the field. Its goal is to take a systemic look at unconscious bias and provide a roadmap for solutions to act as a catalyst for change.

Davis noted that two
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2016 Illuminate Film Festival Announces Exciting Lineup and Events for Its 3rd Edition

The 2016 Illuminate Film Festival, which will take place June 1 – 5, 2016 in Sedona, Arizona has announced the official line up of films for the 3rd annual event. The only film festival of its kind, the Illuminate Film Festival offers a collection of over 20 feature length and short films from around the world, exploring the year’s best in conscious cinema, as well as eye opening and thought provoking panels and conversations that will expand minds and inspire dialogue.

“We are proud to be the world’s premier film festival for conscious cinema” said the festival’s Executive Director Danette Wolpert, “and continue to attract movie-lovers, spiritual seekers and conscious lifestyle enthusiasts from over 25 states and 8 countries. In our third year, we will offer audiences the opportunity to enjoy the world’s best life-affirming, mind-body-spirit focused films, experience radical transformation together and meet trailblazers in the emerging genre of conscious cinema.”

Illuminate will begin on June 1st, 2016 with a pre-Festival Launch Party and Free Outdoor Screening of work-in-progress "Be More," a stirring documentary film narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, about seven activists who make it their mission to create a more compassionate world. Their goal: To transform the lives of seventeen teenagers in seven days. Filmmaker Justin Haulbrook will be in attendance.

Opening Film on June 2nd, 2016 will be "Maya Angelou and Still I Rise," which portrays the vibrant spirit of an American Legend - author, poet, Grammy-winner, civil rights activist and shining example of what it is to be empowered moment by moment in one’s life. Directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, the film features interviews with Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, Alice Walker and Hillary Clinton. Filmmaker Rita Coburn Whack will be in attendance.

The Festival’s Spotlight will be the emotional tour de force "Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru," directed by Academy Award® nominated Joe Berlinger. This film pulls back the curtain on the internationally renowned life and business strategist and his mammoth annual seminar, capturing the life changing transformations of the participants in real time. The Closing Film event will be a Sneak Peek of "Mantra: Sounds Into Silence," a film about the revolution underway in world Kirtan, yoga's call-and-response form of devotional music. Sneak peek clips of the film will be followed by a Q&A and live concert with world-renowned Kirtan sensation Jai Uttal. Filmmaker Georgia Wyss will be in attendance.

The Illuminate Film Festival will introduce the inaugural Conscious Visionary Award, an award honoring a pioneer in the world of conscious cinema, spirituality, and life achievement as a teacher and facilitator of human transformation. The award will be presented to the Hon. Dr. Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith for his unparalleled record of bringing hope, love and encouragement to millions of spiritual seekers, creating the Agape worldwide community of faithful parishioners, students, healers and teachers who carry his message forward, and his complete dedication to uplifting and inspiring humanity through his church, books, audio recordings and numerous film appearances.

Chaz Ebert has signed on as the keynote speaker for the Conscious Film Convergence and will speak on the role of transformational entertainment and its potential impact on humanity. Chaz, wife of the late Roger Ebert, is the CEO of several Ebert enterprises, including President of Ebert Productions and Chairman of the Board of The Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, and Co-Founder and Producer of Ebertfest, the film festival now in its 18th year.

Other films in the lineup include:

"A New High" (2015), directed by Samuel Miron and Stephen Scott Scarpulla - Everyone defines their mountain. For the residents of a Seattle homeless shelter, it’s homelessness, addiction, abuse.... and the 14,400-foot Mt Rainier.

"The Connected Universe" (2016), directed by Malcom Carter – Returning after its sold out Sneak Peek at Illuminate 2015, this documentary featuring Nassim Haramein discovers the science behind the interconnection of all things in a magnificent, groundbreaking union of science and spirituality. (Private screening)

"From This Day Forward" (2015), directed by Sharon Shattuck – Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck examines the mystery at the heart of her upbringing – How her transgender father Trisha and her straight-identified mother Marcia stayed together against all odds – depicting a love that survived the most intimate of transformations.

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"Home Care" (2015), directed by Slávek Horák – The official 2016 Oscar entry for the Czech Republic, this appealing humanist tale follows Vlasta, a dedicated home nurse whose entire life is devoted to saving others, as she reluctantly ventures into spirituality and alternative medicine to find salvation for herself.

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"Icaros: A Visions" (2016), directed by Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi - A film shaped like a shamanic journey utilizing the unique qualities of plant medicine, steeped in a psychoactive brew exploring fear and destiny in the jungle of the mind and the Amazon. (Southwest Premiere)

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"Love, Sweat & Tears" (2016), directed by Scott Jacobs – Dr. Pamela Dee Gaudry is on a mission to “Save The Menopausal Vaginas of America!” In this documentary, Gaudry marries medical facts with profound insights from some of today’s influential spiritual leaders such as Hon. Dr. Rev. Michael Beckwith and Rev June Gatlin, as well as riotous comedians Joan Rivers and Jenny McCarthy. (World Premiere)

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"Teal" The Making of a Spiritual Teacher" (2016), directed by Paola Marino – Referred to as “The Spiritual Catalyst” and dubbed the next Wayne Dyer, Teal Swan’s extrasensory gifts and connection to the spiritual realm are a light in the perpetual darkness of the modern age. (Work-In-Progress World Premiere)

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"Orange Sunshine" (2016), directed by William A. Kirkley – During the early 1960’s, a group of family, friends, and surfers formed a church centered around psychedelics. For The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, the mission was to enlighten the world, and the law was but a mere interference. (Arizona Premiere)

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"Planting Seeds of Mindfulness" (2016), directed by Gregory Kennedy-Salemi and Stuary Jolley –Based on the teachings of world renowned Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, and featuring riveting music by Tina Turner, this live action-animated film about a teenager’s mindful journey is a powerful tool to help children, parents, teachers and communities develop the skills to promote peace within themselves and in the world around them. (World Premiere)

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"Pursuing Happiness" (2015), directed by Adam Shell – The desire to be happy is so intense that we spend an immeasurable amount of time and money in an effort to obtain it. This enchanting, revelatory documentary explores the happiest people in America and uncovers the secrets to their happiness.

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"Thank You For Your Service" (2016), directed by Tom Donahue – This gripping documentary about four Iraq War veterans struggling with Ptsd explores the healing aspects of meditation, native ceremony and equine therapy. Impactful interviews include former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, General David Petraeus and Mayor Rudy Guiliani. (Southwest Premiere)

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"The C Word" (2016), directed by Meghan O’Hara – Cancer is no laughing matter – but the archaic way we are battling it is. Executive produced and narrated by Morgan Freeman, this film explores hidden science, the absurdity of the status quo, and introduces a vibrant cast of characters changing the cancer game. (Southwest Premiere)

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"The Highest Past" (2011), directed by Jon FitzgeraldSeven motorcycle riders share the journey of a lifetime along some of the most dangerous roads in the world, guided by a modern yogi and guru. (Cinema Revisited)

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"Tree Story" (2015), directed by Ward Serrill – A series of short documentary films that explore the relationship between humans and trees from every conceivable angle: the scientific, the mythical, the practical, the cultural, and the spiritual. (Festival World Premiere)

"Vegan" Everyday Stories" (2016), directed by Glenn Scott Lacey – Explore the lives of four remarkably different people who share a common thread – they’re all vegan. Follow an ultramarthon runner, a cattle rancher’s wife and an 8 year-old girl through their profound transformations. Featuring interviews with Moby, Russell Simmons and Ed Begley Jr. (World Premiere)

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Short Films:

"The Avadhut" directed by Jonathan Dubsky, Fenulla Jiwan, Zottomer Kenatarac (World Premiere)

"Catching Fire" directed by Ward Serrill (World Premiere)

"Forgotten Ritual" directed by Mirjam Hlastan (Us Premiere)

"Holistic Life Foundation" directed by Chris Farina (Southwest Premiere)

"Sister Jaguar's Journey" directed by Sande Zeig

"Today I Acknowledge" directed by Jessica Hahner (Arizona Premiere)

Conscious Film Convergence Panels and Workshops:

Spotlight Conversation: Norman Seeff On Creativity: The Power of A Dream

As a photographer for the most prolific artists of our time - Tina Turner, Johnny Cash, Jim Henson, Steve Jobs, Martin Scorsese and Will.I.Am, to name a few, Norman Seeff knows something about the creative process. Through his innovative methodology, he has developed a body of content exploring the roots of creativity, innovation and optimal performance and has identified schematics describing the archetypes of the creative process that function across all creative disciplines.

Behind The ‘Seen’ – Investing In Transformational Entertainment

Through this intimate dialogue on film finance moderated by Simon Kilmurry (Executive Director, International Documentary Association), hear from three savvy individuals who are committed to bringing transformational entertainment to mainstream audiences about the art and science of financing conscious and cause-based cinema. Guests include Geralyn Dreyfous of Impact Partners/Gamechangers, and producers Jane Charles of Greater Good Entertainment ("Sold") and Ilan Arboleda of CreativeChaos (Thank You For Your Service).

Conscious Media & The Mainstream: Finding Your Audience

Media, industry outlets and tastemakers play an essential role in building buzz and excitement around new cinema titles as they seek to find their audiences, often defining their position in the marketplace. Join Corrine Bourdeau, President of 360 Degree Communications, Bill Goodykoontz, Film Critic Az Republic & Gannett News Service, Maya Zuckerman, Huffington Post writer, and Mark DeNicola of Collective Evolution as they reveal how to best leverage the media and how conscious cinema can be branded, marketed and presented to engage audiences and maximize box office.

Act of Transformation - A Screenwriter's Workshop

Emmy Award winning screenwriter Dev Ross conducts a workshop focused on the act of transforming a conscious concept into an engaging screenplay. First, Dev will discuss how a screenplay that sets out to raise consciousness can face inherent story problems, using Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” as a reference on how to avoid this mistake. Then, by using the model discussed in the first half, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of a three-act story outline based on audience-contributed ideas.

Distribution Therapy

Disabuse yourself from assumptions about what it’s like to tie the knot with a distributor! Get a rare chance to observe a series of conversations between filmmakers and their distributors. Join facilitator Shaeri Richards as she helps distributor-filmmaker pairs share their feelings in an entertaining format that will provide abundant wisdom on setting expectations, keeping the flame alive and when to call it quits with your distributor. Panelists: Nancy Gerstman, Co-founder/Co-president of Zeitgeist Films & filmmaker Jeremy Frindel ("One Track Heart"); Richard Lorber, CEO of Kino Lorber & producer Peter Rader ("Awake: The Life of Yogananda"); Richard Cohn, President of Beyond Words & filmmaker Patrick Solomon ("Finding Joe").

**New workshop announced!

Tools of Immersive Cinema – Virtual Reality Workshop with Sandy Smolan

Virtual Reality workshop by filmmaker Sandy Smolan entitled "Going Deep: Diving into Virtual Reality Content Creation." It will be an overview and demonstration of the technology used to create The Click Effect (Sundance 2016), a live-action, immersive Vr experience that follows two renegade marine science researchers as they attempt to free-dive a hundred feet below the ocean’s surface in a single breath to capture the “click” communication of dolphins and sperm whales.

The Launch Party and Free Outdoor Screening will take place at The Collective in the Village of Oak Creek. Festival screenings will take place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center and the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Festival parties will be hosted by Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, the Lodge at Sedona and Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen.

Illuminate Film Festival Major Sponsors

Principal: Science of Mind Magazine, ChocolaTree Organic Oasis & Sedona Chamber of Commerce

Producing: The Collective, The Lodge at Sedona, Sedona Real Inn & Suites, International Documentary Association, Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen & Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village

Supporting: Sedona Elite Properties, Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery,

Alive Mind Cinema, and Centers for Spiritual Living

Media Sponsors: Spirituality & Health Magazine, Om Times, Conscious Life News,

Collective Evolution and Sedona Now TV.

VIP All-Access passes offer unlimited access to all events, including opening and closing night gala presentations, spotlight screenings, Reel Healing “View & Do” screenings, VIP parties and receptions, and Conscious Film Convergence panels and conversations, and provide priority ticketing access into theaters. Early Bird passes on sale now! Cost until April 20 is $349 and $444 after. Conscious Film Convergence passes are $249.

To purchase passes, visit www.illuminatefilmfestival.com. Starting May 6, individual tickets can be purchased on a space-available basis. The full schedule of films exhibiting at the 2016 Illuminate Film Festival will be posted April 19. For more information, visit www.illuminatefilmfestival.com
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Exclusive Interview with Tom Donahue – Director of Thank You For Your Service

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Exclusive Interview with Tom Donahue –  Director of Thank You For Your Service
Title: Thank You For Your Service Director: Tom Donahue Genre: Documentary The U.S. military faces a mental health crisis of historic proportions. Only in recent years have people started to take action to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Director Tom Donahue addresses this issue with sagacity, sensibility and depth. ‘Thank You for Your Service’ takes aim at our superficial understanding of war trauma and the failed policies that result, through a documentary that interweaves the stories of four Iraq War veterans with candid interviews of top military and civilian leaders. Tom Donahue directed HBO’s ‘Casting By’ which was nominated for an Emmy in 2014, and was hailed as one of [ Read More ]

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Casting By – DVD Review

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Casting By – DVD Review
Title: Casting By Director: Tom Donahue Featuring: Marion Dougherty, Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Robert De Niro, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Bette Midler, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Martin Scorsese, John Travolta, Jon Voight, Woody Allen Running time: 89 Minutes, Unrated, Available on DVD 09.16.14 Special Features: None This acclaimed documentary shines a light on one of the most under-appreciated professions in the film and television industry: The Casting Director. The pioneers of the profession were Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster, whom launched the careers of stars still working today. The Good:Any Cinemaphile or Hollywood history buff will love this documentary. There are so many celebrities [ Read More ]

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Wamg Interview – Kathy Bratkowski: Director of Something In The Water – Sliff 2013

Something In The Water: A St. Louis Rockumentary looks at a scene that anyone who was around St. Louis in the ‘70s has to remember as an invigorating period for classic-rock fans. The new documentary looks back at the unique set of circumstances that electrified the music scene here in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The new film by Emmy-winning director Kathy Bratkowski chronicles the advent of free-form radio at stations such as Kshe, the storied concerts at the Mississippi River Festival (Mrf) and Superjam, and the area musicians who used St. Louis stages to reach a national audience. Featuring rare interviews, archived Mrf concert footage, and photos from the musicians themselves, Something In The Water is a funny, honest, and unique account of “ground zero for rock and roll,” as told by those who played a major role in the emergence of classic rock in St. Louis. Interviewees include Rich Dalton,
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Review: "Casting By" (2013), A Film By Tom Donahue

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By Lee Pfeiffer 

"Casting By" is an extraordinary new documentary by filmmaker Tom Donahue who spent years accumulating interviews and archival materials for this look at the contributions of casting directors to the motion picture business. Most people are well aware of the important roles that composers, costume designers, editors and production designers play in the creation of movies-- but if you say "casting directors", the average person's eyes glaze over. Sounds boring, doesn't it? Donahue's film sets the record straight, pointing out that casting directors are often responsible for bringing to life some of the film industry's most memorable characters. So important is their contributions that Donohue found enthusiasm among esteemed filmmakers and actors to participate in his documentary even among those individuals who are not prone to generally giving interviews. In the film Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, John Travolta, David V. Picker, Robert Redford,
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Robert Duvall Lobbies for ‘Casting By’ Doc as Oscar Deadline Looms (Exclusive)

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Robert Duvall Lobbies for ‘Casting By’ Doc as Oscar Deadline Looms (Exclusive)
Robert Duvall has become the latest to chime in on behalf of “Casting By,” the Tom Donahue documentary about legendary casting director Marion Dougherty and the profession in which she flourished. And with the help of recent AMPAS changes, and the support of folks like Duvall, Judd Apatow and Woody Allen, the film may be making noise at the right time in a brutally overcrowded Oscar documentary race. The film is one of a record 151 docs competing for the attention of Oscar voters in the Best Documentary Feature category – and with ballots due at the end of this week...
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Meet Casting Director Bernie Telsey at Free Screening of 'Casting By'

Backstage would like to invite you and a guest to a free screening of the acclaimed documentary "Casting By" Nov. 5, 9 p.m., at Cinema Village in New York. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Tom Donahue, Backstage Supervising Casting Editor Jesse Landberg, and special guest casting director Bernie Telsey ("Kinky Boots," "Newsies," "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark") of Telsey + Co. To RSVP, email events@backstage.com with the word "casting" in the subject line. Include your full name and whether you will be bringing a guest in the body of the email. Please prepare to arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes before the start of the film to help ensure your seat. Seats will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Free NYC 'Casting By' Screening With Special Guest Casting Director

Backstage would like to invite you and a guest to a free screening of the acclaimed documentary "Casting By" Nov. 5, 9 p.m., at Cinema Village in New York. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Tom Donahue, Backstage Supervising Casting Editor Jesse Landberg, and a special guest casting director. To RSVP, email events@backstage.com with the word "casting" in the subject line. Include your full name and whether you will be bringing a guest in the body of the email. Please prepare to arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes before the start of the film to help ensure your seat.
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'Casting By' Asks Why Casting Directors Are Hollywood's Second-Class Citizens

'Casting By' Asks Why Casting Directors Are Hollywood's Second-Class Citizens
Quick: Name the only job listed in the opening titles of a movie that doesn't have its own Oscar category. It's the casting director. This is only one of many slights that the new documentary Casting By is looking to right. Why has the profession largely gone ignored? Director Tom Donahue tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Other than the fact that it's a female-driven profession, it's also one of the youngest Hollywood professions. It's really only been active creatively since the 1960s." Guest Column: Woody Allen pens rare open letter to Hollywood Prior to that, in the old studio

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Read Woody Allen's Open Letter to Hollywood in Support of Casting Directors

Woody Allen has penned a rare open letter to Hollywood, via the Hollywood Reporter, wherein he supports his longtime colleague and casting director Juliet Taylor, with whom he worked on "Blue Jasmine." Read below. The letter is timely, as Tom Donahue's documentary "Casting By" hits theaters in New York November 1, and Los Angeles November 8. The film makes a plea for the Academy to fully recognize casting directors, as it does other filmmaking professions that have Oscar categories. Earlier this year the Academy created a Casting Directors Branch, but that doesn't necessarily mean that a Casting Oscar is on the near horizon. Allen's letter:In my case certainly, the casting director plays a vital part in the making of the movie. My history shows that my films are full of wonderful performances by actors and actresses I had never heard of and were not only introduced to me by my casting director,
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"Casting By", Acclaimed Documentary, Now Playing In New York

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A couple of years ago we met director Tom Donohue and his colleagues, who were in the beginning stages of their documentary Casting By, which explores the generally neglected contributions of casting directors to major motion pictures. In the ensuing months, Tom and his team have interviewed a remarkable number of prominent directors, actors and producers for their film including Woody Allen, Robert Duvall, Robert Redford, Al Pacino, Robert De NiroMartin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood. The film, which is being touted as a strong Oscar contender, has just opened theatrically in New York. Additionally, Woody Allen, who generally keeps a low profile, was inspired by the film to write an open letter to the movie industry extolling the virtues of casting directors. (To read the letter click here)

Here is a synopsis and play dates for the film:

"Casting is 95% of directing a picture," Martin Scorsese says at the start of Casting By,
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Casting By

How fitting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the formation of a Casting Directors’ branch, just as Tom Donahue’s outstanding documentary Casting By is building an audience. (It opens theatrically in New York today and Los Angeles on November 8.) What a perfect piece of timing—even though it adds a bittersweet footnote to the failed effort to present an honorary Oscar to the legendary Marion Dougherty, who passed away in 2011. In his impressively researched film, Donahue makes it clear why and how Dougherty helped define her profession. Indeed, she was the first person to receive a solo-card credit for her work. The list of people Dougherty...

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Woody Allen Pens Rare Open Letter to Hollywood (Guest Column)

Woody Allen Pens Rare Open Letter to Hollywood (Guest Column)
This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Tom Donahue's documentary Casting By, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2012, uses the careers of casting directors such as Marion Dougherty, Lynn Stalmaster and Juliet Taylor -- between them responsible for the ensembles of such films as Midnight Cowboy, Manhattan, Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate -- to lament that casting is the only "single-card" opening credit that isn't recognized by the Academy Awards. With Casting By opening in New York on Nov. 1 and a week later in Los Angeles, Woody Allen wrote to

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