Casting About (DVD)
Directed by Barry J. Hershey
Please note the release date is 1/8/08, we cannot offer Holiday Delivery for Casting About
“A striking piece of work,” (Ty Burr, The Boston Globe) Casting About is a lyrical documentary that explores the captivating experience of casting actors. Shot from the point of view of indie director Barry J. Hershey, the film organizes audition footage of many actresses trying out for three roles in a dramatic film. By weaving together interviews, monologues, and scene work, Hershey has created an impressionistic collage of the casting experience that exposes the “bizarre mating ritual between actor and filmmaker” (Tim Grierson, LA Weekly) while celebrating the unique spirit of the young performers who go through it.
In late 2000, Hershey set out to cast actresses for a fiction film that he had co-written and intended to direct. The plan was to incorporate some of the casting footage into the dramatic film. After reviewing more than 70 hours of audition tapes, which captured actresses from Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, and Los Angeles, a decision was made to shape this rich material into a film of its own. Creating a film about casting fulfilled an idea arising from Hershey’s first experience with auditioning at film school more than 20 years earlier.
The result is a “fascinating” and “remarkable” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) documentary that puts the viewer in the filmmaker’s seat, where we see the actors at work and learn about their lives, vulnerabilities, and fears. Above all, Casting About moves beyond concepts about the value and power of good acting — so essential to the filmmaker’s art — into “universal questions about surface beauty, inner depth, and the double-edged sword of following a dream.” (LA Weekly).
DVD Extras Include:
- Deleted Scenes
- Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
Interested in bringing Casting About to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
Casting About may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
Golden Bear' @Berlinale' 🏆 NYTimes Critic’s Pick ✅ Official Selection: Telluride ⛰ 100% Fresh' @RottenTomatoes' (as of…' https://t.co/1bIYtXzyHv'
RT' @evillights': Excellent audio commentary on the' @KinoLorber' disc of Borzage’s DISPUTED PASSAGE by “Big”' @NickPinkerton'! Check it out gals…
RT' @r_emmet': The' @KinoLorber' Blu-ray I put together for François Ozon's Under the Sand (out 6/8!) nets an enthusiastic notice from' @DVDBeav…'
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming August 17th! Fitzwilly (1967) • NEW Audio Commentary by Filmmaker/Historian Michael Schlesinger and Film Archi…
RT' @IUcinema': 🌟JUST ADDED: Starring Josephine Baker🌟 In partnership w/' @BlackFilmCenter' and in honor of Josephine Baker's birthday on June…
RT' @Slant_Magazine': Dennis Hopper’s eccentric, fetishistic, and very sexy 1990 neo-noir THE HOT SPOT receives a red-hot facelift courtesy o…
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming August 17th! The Fortune Cookie (1966) • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Joseph McBride • Call for Extras:…
RT' @r_emmet': A strong review for the' @KinoLorber' Blu-ray I put together for Madame Rosa (1977), out tomorrow, which won the Best Foreign Fi…
“The Show the Pentagon Couldn’t Stop!” In 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War, Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland…' https://t.co/3y5RqaZxpx'
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 212-629-6880.