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Strictly Background (2007)

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



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


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A Must See!
19 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Strictly Background" is a great film! Two thumbs way up! There is a reason it has won so many awards and been featured at so many festivals. Director, Jason Connell does a good job of picking interesting characters to follow and then keeps the film moving. The music, editing and special effects also add to the momentum! It really sheds light on the "extras" industry and shows the ups and downs of being in it. You really feel for these guys! Finally these extras get to be the stars in this film. Bravo! It's all around fun! It's a must see! Can't wait to see what Connell has up his sleeve for his next project. He's one to keep an eye on!

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