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Strictly Background (2007)

A documentary spotlighting movie extras - the indispensable background actors in films.


Jason Connell

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Cast overview:
Terry Bolo Terry Bolo ... Herself
Geoffrey Gould ... Himself
Cecilia Hartfeld Cecilia Hartfeld ... Herself
Louis McCarten Louis McCarten ... Himself
Jay Michaels Jay Michaels ... Himself
Cary Y. Mizobe Cary Y. Mizobe ... Himself (as Cary Mizobe)
Tafan Nieves Tafan Nieves ... Himself
Mark Nobel Mark Nobel ... Himself
John Richards John Richards ... Himself
Marvin Rouillard Marvin Rouillard ... Himself
Jeff Olan ... Himself


For decades, film and television audiences have watched their favorite stars with little thought or concern for the people standing behind them. All of that is about to change as "Strictly Background" explores the charm and determination of some of Hollywood's hardest working actors, professional "extras." Turning industry convention on its head, this humorous & heartfelt documentary follows ten background actors as they navigate their way on and off the set. Both a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood and a character-driven film, "Strictly Background" is a dynamic exploration into the pursuit of stardom and the real life struggle to stand out. Written by Hunter Woo

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Extras in the spotlight.





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23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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The film won a total of 6 Film Festival Awards. See more »


Terry Bolo: My next door neighbors used to think I was a hooker because I'd always be leaving the house at some different time in a different outfit.
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Crazy Credits

To all Background Actors, your hard work and dedication is vital to the entertainment industry so continue to be your very best and never lose sight of the dream! See more »


References Grey's Anatomy (2005) See more »

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trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Hollywood's background "extras"
21 August 2008 | by sean-1050See all my reviews

This fun, endearing film documents the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a number of Hollywood's veteran "extras". You really get to know and love these people, and if at first, you wondered why anyone would put themselves through the aggravation of all those cattle calls and cold calls, and useless callbacks, by the end of the movie, you realize the love that these extras have for the movie-making process. They'll do anything to be a part of it, however small, brief, or fleeting. Director, Jason Connell, really captures the moments. He's there for the disappointments and the heroic moments of these actors—yes, the movie proves that even background players are truly actors. His use of clips from the feature films these extras have performed in is illuminating and hilarious. After spending time with the real characters in Strictly Background, you'll want to know more about their lives and what happened after the cameras stopped rolling. Do I hear a sequel or a TV show coming Jason?

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