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Strictly Background (2007)

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

Director:

Jason Connell
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Connell Creations See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) See more »

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Engaging
8 June 2007 | by martymcflyjbSee all my reviews

I saw this film at DeadCenter film festival in Oklahoma City. Connell has done a great job assembling a cast of interesting characters. This film is very funny but also shows the harder side of life for these background actors. The film is very engaging and keeps your attention from start to finish. The crew followed these actors for 8 months and then edited for over a year, and it shows. They have done a good job in showing growth in the film, and the editing of the story is excellent, with no voice-over and very little text required to pad the story. The actors are telling the story, and that's what makes it interesting. Recommended!


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