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After 5 callbacks for the "role of a lifetime" and the opportunity to work with hotshot director Sabastian, 4 actors wait for the call that will change one of their lives.


Armand Mastroianni


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Cast overview:
Paul Elia ... Harold Levy
Adrian Gaeta ... Thornton Handley
Ben Gavin ... Dylan Rains
Chris Muto ... Martin Benetti
J.C. Cordero J.C. Cordero ... Sabastian
Carmen Maria Milito Carmen Maria Milito ... Mrs. Benetti
Patricia Gillum Patricia Gillum ... Casting Director
Angie Patterson ... Charlotte
Steve Eoff ... Studio Executive
David Graziani David Graziani ... Studio Producer


Hilarious inside view of the agony actors go through in the casting process by very talented veteran director Armand Mastroianni. Great looking short movie; looks like a big budget project. Mind blowing twist at the end. Nice ensemble cast consisting of Chris Muto, Paul Elia, Adrian Gaeta, and Ben Gavin work well together as competitive actors who try to bond as they wait for a fateful phone call... only one of them will get the role they have been called back for five times each Written by John Grey

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Short | Comedy







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23 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The real tough part of an actor's life
15 November 2011 | by DaleSchneckSee all my reviews

Seldom do we see the process...the process actors must go through before they land a part. In this case, it's a star-maker role with an important director. Casting has narrowed down the candidates to a final four, but who will be "The Finalist"? The brilliance of this short film is that we're never sure where it's really going. A solid, home-made Italian meal might be considered foreshadowing, in a sense, but ultimately adds to the growing tension between the actors who, despite this opportunity for professional camaraderie, hunger to get the call that gets them the life-changing part.

The genius of "The Finalist" is in the clues beautifully planted throughout its short running time. It's a mini-masterpiece that will trigger further reflection and dissection long after the shocking final scenes.

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