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Here is a article and several videos for you filmmakers that describes the process of advertising, interviewing, and selecting actors for film.

See the rest of the series at:

Indonesian film producer Mira Lesmana, 2007.

Film producer Mira Lesmana ((Image by Dragunova via Wikipedia)

Women Who Are Doing It For Themselves, a workshop by the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College and FilmKZP Productions, will be presented on Thursday, August 4th.

This is a free workshop aimed at women of color that are writers and producers.  There will be a screening of the work in progress A Swingin' Trio along with discussions with writers and producers such as Amparo Garcia-Crow, Carla L. Jackson, Lizette Jamison, Maganthrie Pillay, and Timeca M. Seretti.

Women Who Are Doing It For Themselves
August 4th
6:00 pm
Austin Community College
Eastview Campus
Building 8000, Room 8362
3401 Webberville Road
Austin, Texas

They have limited seating so register in advance.  If the demand is high they will seek a larger room.

Registration Deadline for confirmed seating:
Monuday, August 1st

Register for the free workshop at:

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The Wild Party, a production by Dane Peterson's Theater Series, is holding auditions for actors ages 18 and over.  A wild evening in a Manhattan apartment. The musical by Andrew Lippa deals with adult themes, language, and situations.

  • Mr. Black
  • Dolores
  • Eddie
  • Jackie
  • Mae
  • Nadine
  • Oscar D' Armano
  • Phil D' Aarmano
  • The Neighbor
  • Ensemble (4)

  • Be prepared to sing 32 measures of musical theatre repertoire.  Preferably from the show.
  • Bring sheet music. Accompanist provided.
  • Headshot and resume' not required but helpful.
  • Bring list of conflicts from September 19th through October 23rd.

Tuesday, August 2
5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
5:30 pm Dance Audition
6:00 pm Vocal Audition

Brasfield and Gorrie Conference Center
3021 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama

Food Network star Guy Fieri judges a dish duri...

Guy Fieri was a Food Network Star (Public Domain Image by Eric Liesse via Wikipedia)

The Food Network is casting for the next Food Network Star - Season 8.

They are looking for people who love to cook.  You can be a professional but you don't have to be.  You will have to have great kitchen skills though in order to survive in this competition.  Also, you must possess a great look and personality for the screen.  

The ability to teach as you go is very important as the winner will get a show on the Food Network and it's viewers come to the network in order to learn about and celebrate food.

Guy Fieri got his start on this show.  So you never know where things can lead.

Three ways to apply:
  • Mail in Video
  • Attend Open Casting Call
  • Upload a 3 Minute Video

For more information on how to apply go to:

12 Days of 100, a short film, is looking for cast and crew for production starting August 16th.  This is a student film and is non-paid.  You will be given film credits and copy of the DVD.

Roles Available:
  • Beau - Mid Teens, teenage representation of adult Beau who is the male lead.

  • PA
  • Gaffer
  • Grips
  • Dolly Grip
  • Sound Mixer
  • Boom Operator

For acting role send headshot and resume', crew send resume' to:

Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes at the 2008...

Chris Robinson - 2008 Newport Folk Festival  (Public Domain Image by DickClarkMises via Wikipedia)

Unable to attend the Newport Folk Festival?  No sweat.  Watch it streaming live from NPR.

Saturday - July 30th
  • Gillian Welch
  • Earl Scruggs
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliot
  • Mavis Stapes

Sunday - July 31st
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Elvis Costello
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • Justin Townes Earle

To watch the festival streaming live go to:

Lee Daniels on the red carpet of the 2010 Scre...

Director Lee Daniels (Image by Tomdog via Wikipedia)

The Paperboy, directed by Lee Daniels (Shadowboxer, Precious), is calling for extras in New Orleans.

The Paperboy, to be released in 2012, stars Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, and Zac Efron.

Caucasian Female Needed
  • 20-30 years old.
  • Must be 5 months or more pregnant.
  • Comfortable with partial nudity.
  • Featured extra rate $150 per 12 hour day.
  • Shooting of this scene will be August 8th.

Also seeking men, women, and children for both featured and background extras for filming through September.

Send contact information and recent pictures to:

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The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, located in Sebastopol, California about 55 miles north of San Francisco , is calling for film submissions.  This is wine country, full of rolling hills, vineyards and redwood forests.

The 2012 festival will be held on March 30th through April 1st, 2012.  If your film is selected to be in the festival you will be notified by January 7th, 2012.

  • Documentary Feature - Films 50 minutes in length or more.
  • Documentary Short - Films 49 minutes in length or shorter.
  • Latino Program - Films that fit the broad description of Latino in subject matter or origin.

Deadline for Submissions:
  • Early deadline: Aug 6, 2011 ($25 entry fee)
  • Regular deadline: Sept 3, 2011 ($30 entry fee)
  • Late deadline: Sept 10, 2011 ($35 entry fee)

Submission Information:


Gillian Welch at Merlfest, Wilkesboro, NC, Apr...

Gillian Welch (Image by ridersinblack1970 via Wikipedia)

The Newport Folk Festival begins this weekend in Newport, Rhode Island.  Known as one of the earliest folk festivals, from 1959, and for introducing Joan Baez and Bob Dylan as relatively unknown performers, the festival continues to this day.

Partial Artist Lineup:

Saturday - July 30th
  • Gillian Welch
  • Earl Scruggs
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliot
  • Mavis Stapes

Sunday - July 31st
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Elvis Costello
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • Justin Townes Earle

Full Lineup:

Newport Folk Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Harrison Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island



The Boss Micro BR BR-80 is a great little multi-track studio built into a form factor that fits in your pocket.  It comes bundled with Cakewalk's Sonar X1 LE for editing your tracks once you've transferred them to your computer. Can be used as a field recorder with either it's internal mics or by using it's guitar and line inputs..

  • Three modes: MTR (multi-track recorder), eBand, and Live Rec
  • Records directly to SD/SDHC memory card (up to 32 GB)
  • High-quality stereo condenser microphone built in for instant audio capture
  • 64 V-Tracks and eight simultaneous playback tracks
  • eBand function for phrase training and play-along tracks
  • Huge library of built-in backing and rhythm patterns
  • World-class COSM® amps and effects onboard
  • Use as a USB audio interface with built-in effects
  • SONAR X1 LE software included

Natasha Ejaz conducting a vocal workshop

Vocal Workshop (Public Domain Image by Pakirebel22 via Wikipedia)

Musical Theatre Workshops will be holding an open house in Martinez Georgia on Saturday, August  6th and  a free vocal workshop on Saturday, August 13th.

The open house on Saturday, August 6th will be from 11:00 pm - 5:00 pm and they will be showing their multiple studios for acting, voice, and dance.  

The free vocal workshop on Saturday, August 13th will be conducted by Cristell Reyes and the times are noon - 1:00 pm for ages 8-11, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm for ages 12 - 16, and 3:00 - 4:00 pm for teens and adults, 17 and over.

Free Vocal Workshop:

Class Descriptions:

Register for classes:

3833 Martinez Blvd.,
Martinez, GA 30907

Film Set - Unshoodat Al Matar

Film Set (Image by Nasib Bitar ia Wikipedia)

I ran across this article from InsideHollywood.Info that has some tips on becoming an extra.  The best part of the article is the descriptions of the movie terms you will hear on set.  

Getting to know these is both interesting and helpful.  It walks you through the steps at the beginning of a scene and takes you through to the wrap explaining what you will hear, who will say it,  and the key people on the set to keep an eye on for direction.  Knowing this, you will not seem as green as you otherwise may be.


Bele Chere Festival 2011: July 29 - 31

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Asheville, NC is gearing up for the Bele Chere Festival happening this weekend.  Nearly 300,000 guests have shown up in past years, and this one is set to be just as popular.  Bands will be split between between 6 stages throughout Downtown Asheville on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with performances from:

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Jessica Lee Mayfield
The London Souls
Balsam Range
The Whigs
The Critters
(former Secret Lives of the Freemasons members)
Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers

Apache Ray
Black Jack
Kids These Days
The Protomen
Doc Aquatic

and much more

To make sure you don't miss your favorite acts, check out the full schedule here:

In addition to the music, there will be local vendors, artists, a bike race, and plenty of great food.  The submission deadline may have passed for vendors and entertainers, but it's not too late to get involved! Find out how to volunteer at

Pennywise @ Vans Warped Tour

Vans Warped Tour (Image by darren_k  via Wikipedia)

Hear what Zander Aycock, who plays in two punk bands, and promotes several others has to say about promoting bands.  He will be at Vans Warped Tour this Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina at the booth for his company Say I Won't Records.

The first three people to arrive at his booth at Vans Warped Tour in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday  and say "i saw your video on GSN." will win a free T-Shirt from Say I Won't Records.

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Got a message from my friend Chad Campbell.

"Working on the 8th Annual Kona Surf Film Festival! Psyched. we've teamed with the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows for the fest which has moved outdoors.. Dec. 2nd and 3rd,  2011 on the Big Island.. send your movies, come hang out, or sponsor it!  this year supporting the Seathos Foundation...... check the sites its gonna be sick!"

Indeed it does sound like the ideal way to hold a surf film festival.  Outdoors and in Hawaii.  

Chad founded the festival in 2003 with help from his friends and family.  A filmmaker/editor/producer himself and a lover of all things surf.  He has several several movies to his credit such as Blueprint (2002), Searching for the Haj (2004), Seasons (2005), Zampa (2007), and the film that started it all and was awarded Surfer Magazine's Video of the Year, The 5th Symphony Document.

He is also known as Splinta in the music world for the surf bum rap and hip hop music he produces. Coming soon will be an interview Chad has with film-making legend Bruce Brown, directed by Chris Malloy and shot by Scott Soens for the Surfer's Journal.

8th Annual Kona Surf Film Festival
December 2nd and 3rd
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows 
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive 
Kohala Coast, HI 96743

Film Requirements for Submission:
Any film base on, around, or somewhere near the sport/art/pastime of wave riding will be considered for submission.

Film Submission Deadline:
September 30th

Send submissions on DVD with artwork and relevant information to:
Kona Surf Film Fest
74-4908 Mamalahoa Highway
Holualoa, HI  96725

8th Annual Kona Surf Film Festival website:

Sea-thos Foundations - Promoting education and awareness of the human impact on the world's oceans:

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While looking up other things I ran across this graph at  It shows the amount of sales you must have of various media in order to make a U.S. monthly minimum wage of $1,160.

For instance if you sell 143 self pressed CDs at $9.99 you can clear a profit of about $1,160.  If you sell the same CD at cdBaby it is almost as good as it only takes 155 CDs sold to make the same amount of money.  Selling the allbum for download on iTunes is a different story.  It will take 1,229 downloads to net the minimum wage.  Even that is better than the retail CD with a low end royalty deal which requires you to sell 3,871 CDs to hit the minimum wage level.

Next come the online streaming services like Rhapsody,, and Spotify where the user streams the music from the cloud on demand.  They do not buy a copy of the work.  To make a living with these streaming services you will have to have 1 to 4 million songs streamed a month to reach $1,160.  These services need to be thought of like traditional radio where getting airplay leads to more sales of CDs and downloads, as well as getting people to attend your concerts.

A good combination of all these along with revenue from appearances is what it takes to "make it" in the music business today.

See the graph that shows all the various ways of getting your music to your fans and the profit you can make at:

Today in Atlanta, there is an open casting call for "What To Expect When You're Expecting", a film that will star Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz.  Men and women over 18 are welcome to audition. 

Hilton Atlanta Hotel
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
July 24 (Today!) Make sure to get out there by 5PM!

Call Christopher Gray Casting at 678-894-3863, ext. 415 for more information


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Want know what goes on behind the scenes in TV and film production?  Below the Line with George Peroulas is the show for you.  Broadcast on Access 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina, a public access station, it offers up a range of guests that have been there, done that in the industry.

The show explores what goes on behind the scenes in producing a project for film or TV.  George interviews, crew members, producers, writers, cameramen, set designers, etc...  to give you a feel of the challenges a film project can present and insight into the way they are overcome.

Not in Charlotte and can't access the channel?  You can find it on YouTube by simply doing a search for "Below the Line with George Peroulas".


Amy Winehouse 1983 - 2011

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Amy Winehouse (Photo by Festival Eurockeennes via Wikipedia)

Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead today in her London apartment.  Winehouse, who is most famous for her 2006 hit "Rehab" had struggled with substance abuse for several years, gaining notoriety for her run-ins with the law, as well as her beautiful voice.  She will join a long list of artists who died at the age of 27 - Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain to name a few.  So common is this, that it's been called "The 27 Club." 

There remains no official cause of death, although most are speculating a drug overdose for the troubled star who was taken long before her time. 
A picture of a modern day hipster

IModern Day Hipster (Public Domain image by bill bradley  via Wikipedia)

Hipster Holocaust, a slasher/comedy, is needing actors and extras for filming in September.  This is a low budget film and the compensation for actors will be to build your resume'.   

  • Alicia -- college age, reserved, aloof, biting humor, attractive ~ smoker
  • Liz -- college age, light-hearted, eccentric, fanciful, cute
  • Chaz -- college age, meek, artistic, sweet ~ smoker
  • Brendan -- college age, cocky, domineering, phony, pretentious
  • Terry -- college age/20s, stoner, tattooed, nonsensical, simple dude
  • Cashier -- college age/20s, average looks, jaded, awkward, prone to anger
  • Anti-Smoking Woman -- middle-aged, self-righteous
  • Extras for several scenes

Also needed is a production assistant with a flatbed pickup truck.

Auditions by appointment only at UNC Wilmington campus.

Contact ASAP:
Phone: 910.685.1018


Casting Call: First Allies - Verona, NY

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Oneida Indians (Public domain image via Wikipedia)

First Allies is a film about the Oneida Indian tribe of New York and their role during the American Revolution.  A casting call will be held for actors and production assistants

Monday, July 25
10 AM - 7 PM

Turning Stone Resort (Event Center)
5218 Patrick Road
Verona, NY

All applicants must be over 18 or be accompanied by a guardian.  Bring a 3 x 5 picture of yourself. 

Production will begin in the fall in central New York.

Auditions: The Voice - NBC

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The Voice, an NBC talent competition series for singers, is auditioning for next season.  Auditions can be performed live throughout the country at the venues listed below or you can submit an audition video.  They are looking for solo and duo acts that perform in most of the popular genres such as pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, alternative, blues, country, indie, latin,etc...

Coaches for the broadcast are Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine.

  • Please prepare two (2) songs for your open call audition. You may not perform both, but have them ready.
  • A cappella ONLY. No background tracks, accompaniment or instruments will be allowed at the open call audition.
  • Songs can be by artist and from any genre (pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, latin, country, blues, indie)
  • Family, friends, managers, vocal instructors, etc. will NOT be allowed at the audition.
  • If you are a minor, one (1) parent or guardian will be allowed with you at the audition.
  • If you are disabled or a special needs artist, you will be allowed to bring one (1) person to the auditions to assist you.
  • We are judging you on your VOICE. Come dressed in a style that represents you as an artist. Do NOT come in "chicken costumes." We are looking for serious artists ONLY.

New York, NY - July 22/23
Izod Center, 50 State Route 120, ast Rutherford, New Jersey

Nashville, Tennessee - July 29/30
Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee

Atlanta, Georgia - August 5/6
Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, 240 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Orlando, Florida - August 11/12
Loews Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, Florida

Houston, Texas - August 17/18
Reliant Center - 2nd Floor, One Reliant Park (McNee entrance off Kirby Dr.), Houston, Texas

San Francisco, California - August 23/24
South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, California

Los Angeles, California - August 30/31
LA Forum, 900 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, California

Register online to receive an Artist Audition Pass and Check-In Time.

If you cannot attend an audition your can submit an audition video.  For instructions go to:

For more information do not contact venues directly send email to:

The Voice - Season 2 - Official Casting Webite:

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A German television show Das Traumschiff is looking for extras for filming in the Ridgeland, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia areas.  The Ridgeland shoot will be at a private plantation in Ridgeland and will involve costume party scenes. 

Non Union/Non SAG.  Extras will be paid a flat day rate.  Acting experience a plus but not necessary except for the plantation owner and tour guide.  Must be able to work up to 12 hour days.

Ridgeland, South Carolina Extra Roles:

  • Male in 60s-70s: Plantation owner. Non-speaking role but will be a bit more featured part in the scene. His "wife" will be speaking. Will bring his "wife" from Germany and he needs to be cast to be a good fit for her. She is 70.
  • 4 Men: Will be setting up tents for the party and later appear in traditional costumes - Gone with the Wind style
  • 2 Women: delivering flowers etc.
  • 15 party guests in traditional costume - Gone with the Wind style
  •  kids: at party in traditional costume - Gone with the Wind style
  •  Men/Women: they will be waiters/waitresses in costume
  •  Men/Women in Band:  the party band in traditional costume - Gone with the Wind style- with instruments as props. Do not have to be a musician but will have to act like you are playing an instrument. Music will be dubbed over in post.

Filming will be later this month. 
Send headshot photo, experience, age, and contact information to:
Put "Plantation Talent" in the subject line.

There will also be filming in Savannah, Georgia where tourists and a tour guide roles will need to be filled.

Tour guide needs to have acting experience for this speaking role.  Male in his 40s.  Send headshot, resume', and contact information.  You will be contacted about sending a DVD of some of your work. 
Put "Tour Guide" in the subject line.

Tourists need to send headshot photo, name, age, phone number, and email address.
Put "Savannah Tourist" in the subject line.

Filming will be later this month. 
Send to:

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The Charlotte Film Community is having a contest for a film about "What Scares Me."  A reference to a phobia must be mentioned in the film.  Winners will be voted on and announced in October.  $500 cash prize to winner of Best Film.

Here are some of the rules:
  • 75% of the Film must be shot within 60 miles of Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Film must be 15 minutes or less in length including all credits.
  • Films shot in any language other than English must have subtitles available.
  • Film must be submitted as a DVD (Region 1 or 0 NTSC).
  • Film must also be submitted as a video file (.mov or .mp4).
Each participant must deliver both forms of their final film to Haven or Juli on:
September 1st between 7:00 pm and 9:00
Amelie's French Cafe
North Davidson St
Charlotte, North Carolina  

For more information and a complete list of rules visit the Charlotte Film Community at:

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Magnus Rex aka The Dark Knight Rises is looking for extras to play police officers, prisoners, and thugs in a city of crime and corruption.

Christian Bale, Morgan FreemanAnne Hathaway,  and Matthew Modine will be starring in the movie.

Roles for extras:
  • Prisoners
  • Thugs
  • Guards
  • Police Officers
  • Business Men and Women
  • All types
  • Bring photo ID: Current SAG card, Driver's License, State ID, etc..
  • Must be legal to work in U.S. with a valid Social Security Card.
  • Come ready to have your picture taken.
  • Bring your sizes/measurements, height, and weight.
  • Current occupation/jobs, and obligations for scheduling purposes.
  • Real world experience as a police officer, waitress, construction worker, sports, military, etc...
  • Bring a pen to write with.

Extras Casting Call:
Sunday, July 31st
10:00 am - 1:00 pm and
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Sportmen's Lodge Event Center
4234 Coldwater Canyon
Studio City, California


More Info:


Gillian Welch

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David Rawlinds and Gillian Welch (Image by furtwangl via Wikipedia)

I first saw Gillian Welch and David Rawlings in a small bar in Florence, South Carolina. It was a rowdy place, pool hall in the back.  Gillian squeezed right past me a few times while they were getting ready for the show.  

When the opening act came on, a local girl that was doing some recording in Nashville, the crowd gave her no leeway. They were loud, noisy, and the performance could barely be heard.  After her performance Gillian and David stepped onto the stage.  They took a few minutes to arrange their gear and get ready. Still no one was paying much attention.

Then they began to play.  Just two acoustic guitars and Gillian singing.  The cacophony of the crowd dropped to a murmur then silence as her and David weaved their way through song after song.  I left impressed that a couple of people playing acoustic guitars could catch and hold a crowds attention so fast.

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I, Alex Cross, a movie adapted from the novel by James Patterson, is seeking extras for filming in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Detective Alex Cross discovers a distant family member has been murdered.  After some investigation he finds even more mysterious deaths that seem to point to someone within the White House.

Tyler Perry (I Can Do Bad All By Myself), Jean Reno (The Professional), and Matthew Fox (Lost) will be starring in this feature film.

Paid extras needed:
Real Policemen
People who can portray policemen.
Swat Team Members
Crime Techs
Body Guards
Funeral Goers
Restaurant Patrons
Hot Girls.
Everyday People
Stand-ins and doubles for major actors.

Expect to have photographs taken and complete paperwork for your profile.

Extras Casting Call:
Saturday, July 23rd
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hyatt Place
6025 Jefferson Drive
Independence, Ohio

For more information call:
Real Style Casting at 248.808,6565

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Bill Rahn started out making family videos which led to weddings for fun then profit.  Now he's making movies.  There wasn't a grand design, just a natural progression.

Bill has had a success with his movie Pendulum Swings.

Here is an interview with him on Screen Time presented by the Charlotte Film Community.  Look and learn.

See the interview below.

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The Dallas Film Festival is scheduled for April 12th through April 22nd of 2012 and is a long time away but now is the time to get your entry in.

Awards will be given for Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Texas Competition, Environmental Visions, Animated Short Film, Short Film, and Student Short Film.

  • Feature film submissions minimum running time of 60 minutes.
  • Short film submissions maximum running time of 25 minutes.
  • All submissions submitted on DVD only.  PAL accepted, but must be labeled as such.
  • All DVD submissions must be labeled with film title and running time.
  • Selected films must not have had major theatrical release or US broadcast prior to the Festival.
  • Selected films must not have had DVD sales on the Internet prior to the Festival.
  • In order for feature films to be considered for the competition, we require at least a Dallas-Fort Worth Premiere.

Submission Deadlines:
Early: October 28th, 2011
Regular:  December 2nd, 2011
Late: December 16th, 2011

Withoutabox Entry Form:

Dallas Film Society/Festival website:

Want a fast paced video with multiple camera angles so you can switch from one to the other as the sequence progresses?  No, you don't have to have multiple cameras or spend all day rearranging the takes.

Here's a Film Riot video from Revision3 that explains it all.



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Spotify, which is extremely popular in Europe, is coming to America.  Right now the free service is by invite only but soon everyone will be able to receive it.

As I'm writing this I'm listening to Spotify Premium for the first time.  Quick loading and fantastic sound for music that is available on demand from the computer and mobile devices. Sweet...!   Heck, they even have 4 of my songs there under Little Doc Thornton.  Wasn't expecting that.  They go pretty deep.

There is a Facebook integration column on the right where you can see what your friends are listening to and you can easily share a song over Facebook, Spotify, Twitter, or Windows Messenger.

Quickly star your favorite tracks, navigation is pretty smooth too.  Long live Spotify!

15 Million tracks of songs.
Computer, iPod, iPhone, and Android devices
Play local files
Share with friends.
160 kbit/sec stream rate for regular Spotify
320 kbit/sec stream rate for Premium Spotify
Free version supported with ads
Unlimited version $4.99
Premium version $9.99


Auditions: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Tampa, FL

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A view of Downtown Tampa, Florida.

Tampa (Public Domain image via Wikipedia)

The next stop for talent scouts on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire will be Tampa, Florida.  They will be auditioning for contests for the show's upcoming 10th season on July 27.   

Wednesday July 27
7:00 - 11:00 AM or 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Grand Hyatt (Audubon Ballroom)
2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, FL

All potential contestants must be 18 or older and arrive no earlier than 6 AM. 

More information on auditions:

Weekend Box Office - July 18

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British actor Daniel Radcliffe at the London p...

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It comes as no surprise that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 claimed the top spot at the box office this weekend, but what may be surprising is just how much it made.  With $169 million, it now holds the record of the highest grossing opening weekend of all time, beating out previous record holder The Dark Knight.  It easily blew past all earlier installments of the franchise, including Deathly Hallows Part 1, which made a still impressive $125 million.  This dramatic rise could have something to do with the cost of 3D and IMAX tickets, something no other Harry Potter film has utilized in the past.  Either way, I'm sure the movie has some more records to break before it's all said and done.

Fans are still piling in to see Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  $21M this weekend brings its total to an astounding $302.9M since its opening 3 weeks ago. 

Horrible Bosses, a comedy starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis, nabbed the third spot in the rankings after a $17.8M weekend brought the movie to $60.2M
Actor and director Kevin Costner while visitin...

Kevin Costner (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Here's a video of Plano, Illinois being transformed into a set for the Superman: Man of Steel movie  Apparently to be Smallville. in the film.

Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, and Diane Lane have been cast for the movie.  Julia Ormond is set to play Lara with Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Clark Kent's biological parents.

RealtoReelPostcard_sm.jpgThe 12th Annual Reel to Reel International Film Festival will be held this weekend in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.  

Centrally located between Charlotte, North Carolina and Asheville North Carolina it is sure to draw many people from these culturally diverse cities.

There will be a party at J. Oliver's Coffee Shop across the street from the Joy Performance Center on Saturday night after the final film where awards will be announced

The 12th Annual Reel to Reel International Film Festival
Wednesday, July 20th through Saturday, July 23rd.
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Ave.
Kings Mountain, North Carolina



DJ Pauly D from Jersey Shore

Image by Bob Bekian via Flickr

The Three Stooges which is filming in the Atlanta area is looking for guidos and guidettes ages 18 - 30 to use as extras.  Need Jersey Shore Types.

The Trhee Stooges stars Jennifer Hudson, Jane Lynch and Larry David.

Filming will be Tuesday, July 19th, and Wednesday, July 20th

Submit picture, age, height, weight, and phone number to:

They are also needing a slim white male, 18  30 to be a featured extra Tuesday. July 19th.

Send two recent photos with contact information right away to:

Wedding Dress For Happy Couple in Love

Image by via Flickr

Extras needed for Sleeping Around, a comedy being shot in the Charlotte, North Carolina region. Casting call today in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Directed by Leslie Greif and Herb Nanas.

Need men and women over 18 years old.  The setting will be a beach house in the Hamptons and will need party goers and wedding guests for the scenes being shot later this month and August.

Audition information:

Bring non returnable photo, pen, and contact information.

Galleria Mall
Monday, July 18th
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2301 Dave Lyle Boulevard
Rock Hill, South Carolina

African woman slave (1878)

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Online auditions for the theatrical production The Convert are being accepted online for performances in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Princeton.

"THE CONVERT is set amid the colonial scramble for southern Africa in 1895 and follows a young girl who escapes a forced marriage arrangement with the help of a stalwart black African catechist."

Online Audition  Information:

Deadline for Entries: 8/23/11


Click on role to view requirements, download script, and  submit video audition.


Review: Harry Potter

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J. K. Rowling, after receiving an honorary deg...

JK Rowling (Photo by sjhillI via Wikipedia)

I, along with most of the world, have been waiting for this movie for 10 years.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was split into two movies, one released last November, and the second half released Thursday night.  AMC Theatres was doing a double feature, so I decided to dress like Hermione and go to the theatre and watch both movies back to back.  That was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
The interior of Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Flor...

Sun Life Stadium (Public Domain Image by AdamFirst via Wikipedia)

Rock of Ages, a movie starring Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, and Alec Baldwin will need extras Monday, July 18th to fill the Sun Life Stadium.  They are filming a concert scene where Stacee Jaxx (Cruise's character) will perform.  Also performing will be Diego Boneta and Mary K. Blige.

  • Must be 16 years old or older
  • Dress the part. Period 1980s
  • Big hair.
  • All black clothes.
  • No cameras or recording devices allowed.

Sun Life Stadium
Monday, July 18th
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Stadium Gate #2
2267 NW 199th Street
Miami Gardens, Florida

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Countless hours of my life have been spent on, and it is an incredible resource for video and audio clips.  The website utilizes public domain and Creative Common Licensing material lost through the years and makes it available for the masses.  It has everything from 1930's television commercials to live music performances on various shows to after-school specials. 
Chicago blues legend Billy Branch.

Image by Guido Nardi via Wikipedia

A free concert in St. Paul, Minnesota featuring blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, zydeco, Tejana, and Native American music.  Headlining will be Greg Brown & the Monroe Crossing Bluegrass Band and a favorite of mine blues harp player Tony Glover.

Lowertown Roots Music Festival
Saturday, July 30th
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mears Park
221 East 5th St.
St. Paul, Minnesota

More info:

The World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks

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The Morris Theatre Guild will hold auditions for "New York", a play by David Rimmer about the 9/11 tragedy.

Performances begin on September the 9th and run through September 18th.

  • Age 12 to 60
  • 8 Females
  • 7 Males
  • Cold reading, no preparation required.

Tuesday, July 26th and Wednesday, July 27th
Morris Theatre Guild
516 West Illinois Ave.
Morris, Illinois

For more information contact the director, Jenna Stinson at:



Nick Cannon by David Shankbone 2010 NYC

Nick Cannon - Host of AGT (Image by david_shankbone via Flickr)

Auditions for America's Got Talelnt Season 7 occuring in the fall of 2011 have not been announced yet but you can go to and signup your act for notifications.  America's Got Talent on NBC is the only show open to any age and any talent.

selfmade picture of myself weighing somewhere ...

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The Biggest Loser, an NBC reality series is having open calls for people who have at least 85 pounds to lose.  You must be 18 years old or older.

Saturday, July 30

Austin, Texas
10am-6pm The Long Center for the Performing Arts. 701 West Riverside Drive

Newark, New Jersey
10am-6pm Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, 201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace

Macomb, Montana
10am-6pm Gardner-White Furniture, 45300 Hayes Road

Saturday, August 6

Charlotte, North Carolina
10am-6pm Planet Fitness. 10215-B University City Blvd.

Landover, Maryland
 10am-6pm  Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex,  8001 Sheriff Road

Atlanta, Georgia
 9am-5pm  Hard Rock Cafe, 215 Peachtree Street Northeast

Saturday, August 13

Chesterfield, Missouri
10am-6pm  Chesterfield Mall,  291 Chesterfield Mall

Salt Lake City, Utah
,9am-5pm  KSL 5 TV, 55 North 300 West

Mesa, Arizona
 10am-6pm  Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E. Southern Ave.

Saturday, August 20

Chicago, Illinois
 10am-6pm  Chicago Home Fitness, 2070 North Clybourn Avenue

Dallas, Texas
 10am-6pm  Gilley's Dallas, 1135 South Lamar Street

Orlando, FL
10am-6pm  The Groove, Universal City at Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd.

Saturday, August 27

Los Angeles, California
 10am-4pm  Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Drive


More information:


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Tomorrow, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th an extras casting call will be held for The Avengers movie in Cleveland, Ohio.  I ran across a great video on what to expect and how to prepare to be an extra for this movie.  You will find a link to it below.  It has some practical advice for becoming an extra in any movie and what to expect when you arrive at the casting call.

  • 18+ years old.
  • Well groomed.
  • Wear business executive outfit.
  • Bring pen to complete application
  • Photos will be taken at the casting call.

July 15th
Noon - 4:00 pm

July 16th
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Holiday Inn Independence
6001 Rockslide Rd.
Independence, Ohio

Here is a related article with a great video with tips on becoming an extra:

Space in Downtown Miami

Image by Dan Vidal via Wikipedia

You can have the greatest performance in the world but if you're  barely filling the house and activity at the bar is waning then your prospects of re-booking and higher revenue are slim.  

Playing smaller venues may be the key.   Doing well in a small venue can keep your reputation from being damaged by an empty hall as you work your way up to bigger and better things.

Your best source of new work is re-booking.  So remember re-booking is all about the venue making money.  No money... your days are numbered.

Read more about the subject in this discussion and article at

Inside is a suspense/horror movie and a social film experience presented by Intel and Toshiba.  Directed by D.J. Caruso (Distubia) and starring Emmy Rossum (Mystic River, Dare), and umm... maybe you.  The story begins on Monday, July 25th at 2:00 pm Eastern and 11:00 am Pacific time.

Audition for the part.  Get the scripts, suggestions, and guidelines at:

Record and upload the video to YouTube then come back and enter the YouTube URL on this page:

The Inside Experience web page:

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Pant...

Heinz Field Stadium (Image by Asamudra via Wikipedia)

The Dark Knight Rises needs extras to fill the Heinz Field Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a scene where the Gotham Rogues play the Rapid City Monuments.

Filming one day only.
Outdoor scene, if it rains the shoot will be re-scheduled.

Raffle Prizes
  • Paid extra part in film.
  • Large Flat Screen TV
  • Celebrity/Sports Autographs
  • Gift Cards
  • DVDs
  • Vintage Memorabilia
  • 2000+ Vintage Comics
  • Assorted Dark Knight goodies.
  • Assorted Steelers goodies.

Arby's Casting Call

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An Arby's in Moncton

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Arby's is having a contest for fans 13 years or older to submit a video about how Arby's puts you in a good mood.  Grand prize is $10,000 and a spot in an Arby's television ad.

To enter:
  • Show how Arby's puts you in a good mood - all in 30 seconds or less. Be sure to include in your video the Arby's sing out, "Arby's. It's Good Mood Food™."
  • Upload your video here.
  • Once you're done, share your video with friends, browse the video gallery and share your favorite submissions.
  • Video Guidelines
  • Video submissions must be under 10 MB in size and no longer than 30 seconds in length.
  • All videos must be submitted in one of the accepted formats (avi, mov, qt, mgp, mpg4, or wmv)
  • Please do not display competitor names or logos other than Arby's.
  • Play nice. Keep it clean.
  • Contest Guidelines
  • The Contest is open to all U.S. residents, ages 13 and older. Those between 13-17 years of age need parental consent.
  • If selected the winner must be available to travel the week of August 21st to the shoot's location.
  • Groups are welcome to perform, but there can only be one winner, so the person who submits the video is the primary entrant. (Note: Participants cannot be younger than 13 and primary entrant must be 13 or older. Those between 13-17 years require parental consent.)
  • The winner will be selected based on criteria such as originality, presentation, personality and demonstration of overall good mood.
  • First things first. Winner will receive $10,000. Ah-woo-ga!
  • Winner will also get the distinct honor of appearing in an Arby's commercial. We'll fly you and a guest to the shoot's location for a two night stay and provide you with $500 in spending money.
  • Last but not least, winner gets 2.5 seconds of fame. Who says fame is fleeting?

Submit video:

More information about Arby's Casting Call:

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Casting: SafeAuto Commercial

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The infamous SafeAuto jingle is the focus of a nationwide contest.  Fans can create their own versions of the song and film themselves performing it.  Submissions will be accepted until January. 

Winners of the contest will receive $5,000 as well as a spot on a television commercial.  The company will also go on a tour to film applicants doing their version of the song.  They will be visiting these cities:

Chicago: July 15-16, 2011
Myrtle Beach: August 4-5, 2011
Philadelphia: August 5-7, 2011
Phoenix: September 8-10, 2011
Houston: October 7-9, 2011
Nashville: October 22-23, 2011
Columbus: November 5-6, 2011

For more information, visit

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Auditions are being held this month for My Husband's Woman in Columbia, South Carolina.  Theatre show dates October 8th & 9th.

Synopsis: What happens when the relationship of man who enjoys the company of two women, his wife and his mistress, is discovered.

  • 2 NURSES
  • 1 DOCTOR

Downtown Miami, Florida, on the 4th of July, 2...

Miami, Florida (Image by Dori via Wikipedia)

Open call, paid extras, this weekend for the ABC series Charlie's Angels in Miami, Florida.

Starring in the series will be Annie IlonzehMinka Kelly and Heidi Rae.

  • 18 years or older.
  • All types, ages, and ethnicities, 
  • Bring 2 forms of legal ID.
  • Dress: High class party outfit.
  • Bring several outfits that you want to be photographed in.
  • Bring bikini if you want to be photographed in swimwear.
  • Bring wardrobe sizes.
  • Bring Headshots.
  • Bring photos of you dressed in high class party outfits.
  • Come with makeup and hair done and ready to photograph.
  • Bring pen to fill out application.

Sunday, July 17th
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sheraton Fort Lauderdale
Airport & Cruise Port Hotel
1025 Griffin Road
Dania, Florida

American Idol behind the scenes

Behind the Scnes at American Idol (Image by Bob Bekian via Flickr)

American Idol will be holding auditions in Charleston, South Carolina next weekend.  Be sure to register first to be in the audition on Friday, July 22nd.

Charleston Audition
Registration: July 20th - 21st
Auditions: July 22nd
North Charleston Coliseum
5001 Coliseum Dr.
North Charleston, South Carolina

A cropped photograph depicts singer Elvis Pres...

Elvis (Public Domain image via Wikipedia)

The Thalian Association is holding auditions for All Shook Up a musical based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.  Songs by Elvis Presley.

Performances September 22nd through October 2nd.

  • CHAD (20's): a great-lookin', motorcyclin', guitar-playin', leather-jacketed roustabout with an air of danger about him.  Ability to play guitar a plus but not a requirement.
  • NATALIE HALLER (early 20's): a mechanic with a mind of her own, a tomboy capable of vulnerability
  • JIM HALLER (40's-50's): Natalie's widowed father, gentle and warm, hoping for a new start in life
  • SYLVIA (40's): African-American, no-nonsense owner of Sylvia's Honky-Tonk; strong belt voice
  • LORRAINE (16 years old): African-American, Sylvia's sweet-tempered daughter, a born romantic
  • DENNIS: (early 20's): an awkward, earnest nerd and aspiring dentist who's sweet on Natalie
  • MISS SANDRA (20's-30's): the beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town's museum
  • MAYOR MATILDA HYDE (40's-50's): the town's conservative, tyrannical mayor; strong belt voice
  • DEAN HYDE (16 years old): Matilda's son, has grown up at a military boarding school, has never disobeyed his mother, is sweet on Lorraine
  • SHERIFF EARL (40's-50's): the law in town, a quiet man of few words.
  • ENSEMBLE: African-American and Caucasian singers and dancers, teens through 50's

Monday, August 1st and Tuesday, August 2nd
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Community Arts Center
120 South 2nd Street
Wilmington, North Carolina

Thalian Assoication website:


Answering the Call

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Casting call for black cats, Los Angeles, 1961...

Casting Call for Black Cats (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

What's it like going to a casting call for extras?  Read this article by Jamie Self at about two casting call attendees, Amber Nealy, an actress who is well experienced in  answering the call, and Morris Whitner, a first time applicant.  Both are residents of Fort Mill, South Carolina and are looking for parts in the comedy Sleeping Around.

Actor Robert Downey Jr. promoting the film &qu...

Robert Downey, Jr. (Image by emeritano via Wikipedia)

Open casting call for The Avengers being shot in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.   Filming will be August through September. 

  • 18+ years old.
  • Well groomed.
  • Wear business executive outfit.
  • Bring pen to complete application
  • Photos will be taken at the casting call.

July 15th
Noon - 4:00 pm

July 16th
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Holiday Inn Independence
6001 Rockslide Rd.
Independence, Ohio

south carolina

Image by The U.S. Army via Flickr

Army Wives, a Lifetime Network series is taking applications to be an extra for Season 5.  Filming begins in December but you can register online now to be considered.

  • Men and women, 18 to 40 years, all ethnicities, who are in good physical condition to appear as Army personnel.
  • Men and women, 18 to 65 years, all ethnicities, who are or could appear to be of Middle Eastern descent.
  • Men and women, 55 to 85 years, all ethnicities in good physical condition.


You will need to upload two ".jpg" pictures, a headshot and a full body shot.

Extras casting call if you are unable to register online.
Bring headshot, body shot, and contact information to:

Army Wives Casting Office
Saturday, November 13th
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1505 Kings St. Extension
Charleston, South Carolina

For more infor email:


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Casting extras for "Oz: The Great and Powerful" in Pontiac, Michigan.  Disney Studios is needing men and women 4' 7" or shorter to play munchkins in the movie

Information needed:
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Coat, neck, and sleeve size.
  • Waist and inseam size.
  • Shoe size
  • Height 
  • Weight
  • Bust and hip size for females.
  • Age
  • Phone number
  • Place of residence
  • Availability even if for just one day.

Submit photos, measurements, and contact information to:


Mail to:
Oz Extras Casting
P.O. Box 729
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303.

Wedding party in Independence Square, Almaty

Image by jerome taylor via Wikipedia

Extras needed for "Sleeping Around", a comedy being shot in the Charlotte, North Carolina region. Casting call is for today and Saturday.  Directed by Leslie Greif and Herb Nanas.

Need men and women over 18 years old.  The setting will be a beach house in the Hamptons and will need party goers and wedding guests for the scenes being shot later this month and August.

Audition information:

Bring non returnable photo, pen, and contact information.

Friday, July 8th
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 9th
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Plaza Festival Mall
Off I-77 south of Charlotte NC at the Carowinds exit.


Review - Transformers:Dark of the Moon

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Movie director Michael Bay instructs Airmen fi...

Michael Bay on the set of Transformers (Public Domain mage via Wikipedia)

Transformers 3 is a certified blockbuster, raking in more than $204 million so far in the US alone.  After public outrage over Transformers 2, a film most fans thought was just not up to par, Michael Bay and the crew had a lot to live up to.  He lost Megan Fox (thus began an epic war of the words between the 2) and did his best to try and live up the expectations the original Transformers film set.  With that said, the best Michael Bay could do was still not very impressive. 

Synopsis: The Autobots battle the Decepticons... again.

Auditions - Rock Hill, SC

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The Edge Theatre Company will be auditioning for several productions coming up.

Director Jimmy Chrismon will be hosting auditions for Vortex on August 7 at 2 PM and August 9 at 6 PM.  The roles needed are: 2 men in their 20's or 30's. 

South Pointe High School
801 Neely Road
Rock Hill, SC  29730

Contact Jimmy Chrismon at or 803-389-6761.

The Rocky Horror Show
will also need actors of all shapes and sizes! Auditions will also be at South Pointe High School on August 21 at 2 PM and August 23 at 6 PM.

The following roles are available:

Usherette (Soprano)
Usherette (Alto)
Usherette (Tenor)
4-6 Phantoms
Criminologist (Narrator)
Janet Weiss
Brad Majors
Riff Raff
Frank N. Furter
Rocky (the creature)
Eddie (the delivery boy)
Dr. Everett Scott

Actors must be over 18.  For more information, visit

Directors Needed - Asheville, NC

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I lived in Asheville for several years, and nothing captured my attention more than the Montford Park Players, an acting company that performs free shows written and inspired by the works of William Shakespeare in an outdoor amphitheater all summer long.  With fantastic actors and direction, it truly is one of the most interesting activities to do in a city full of interesting activities. 

They are currently looking for directors for their productions of Romeo And Juliet, as well as A Christmas Carol that will be shown in October and December, respectively.  If interested, you can contact John Russell at 828-254-5146 or

For all future shows, a director's application can be found here:

The most current show, All's Well That Ends Well - Not A Love Story, will be playing from July 8-31 at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater.

Since all shows are free, the company runs on volunteers and donations.  You can make your donations on the website
Neko Case @ Henry Fonda Theater

Neko Case (Image by zonagirl  via Wikipedia)

The Pitchfork Music Festival is coming up next weekend July 15th - 17th.  With 40 independent bands and three stages 

  • Animal Collective
  • James Blake
  • Neko Case
  • Das Racist
  • Guided By Voices
  • Curren$y
  • Thurston Moore
  • Battles
  • Tune-Yards
  • EMA
  • Gatekeeper

  • Fleet Foxes
  • DJ Shadow
  • The Dismemberment Plan
  • Destroyer
  • No Age
  • Gang Gang Dance
  • Zola Jesus
  • Twin Shadow
  • Radio Dept.
  • Cold Cave
  • OFF!
  • G-Side
  • Woods
  • Sun Airway
  • Wild Nothing
  • Chrissy Murderbot
  • Juilanna Barwick

Busking in Asheville, NC

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Busking (3)

Image by RuptureFarmer via Wikipedia

Busking is alive and well in Asheville, North Carolina, but is it getting too crowded? Some say so.

Read about the state of busking in Asheville and about those who do it to eke out a living in this article by Ursula Gullow.

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas, Nevada (Image by Lasvegaslover via Wikipedia)

The 2011 Las Vegas Film Festival will be held next weekend July 15th  through the 17th at the Hilton Hotel and Casino.  It promises to bridge the gap between filmmakers, independent film audiences and ndustry professionals.

Comprised of panels, celebrity interviews, and Oscar winning movies not to mention the red carpet parties.  There will also be a screenplay competition.

  • Feature Film
  • Short Film
  • Feature Documentary
  • Short Documentary
  • Student Films
  • Foreign Films
  • Nevada Films
  • Animation (short and feature)
  • Music Videos
  • Television Pilots
  • Screenplays

Schedule of events and descriptions of films:

2011 Las Vegas Film Festival
Saturday, July 15th  through Sunday, July 17th
Las Vegas Hilton
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada



Sophia Takal: Making "Green"

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Hiroshige A green valley with trees

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"Green" is the directorial debut for writer and actress Sophia Takal.  It involves two women and a man on a weekend trip in the country and the jealousy the situation presents.

This is a well done low budget film.  In the independent spirit it was conceived and written in a short period of time, shot in two weeks, with editing done at home and the dialogue added in her bedroom studio.  

Takal acted in the movie too!  Along with her fiance' Lawrence Michael Levine and their roommate Kate Lyn Sheil.  Also a filmmaker, Lawrence provided support to Sophia along the way.   Kate is an actress as well so having all that talent under one roof was definitely an asset. 

Can great movies be made on a shoestring?  Sure!  Sophia Takal proves it.  She won the Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2011.

Lure of the Director

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Woody Allen in concert in New York City.

Woody Allan (Image by Colin Swan via Wikipedia)

Why are actors so willing and anxious to work with certain directors such as Terrence Mallick, Quentin Tarantino, and Woody Allen?  It's not the pay, but maybe the payoff.  For instance Quentin Tarantino revived John Travolta's career with Pulp Fiction.   Also, as an actor, it rounds out your list of credits to have worked with these highly regarded directors.  If you've worked with them, your place in cinematic history is elevated.

Read this article where Jane Graham ask's why A-List actors such as Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Scarlett Johansson are are always eager to work for the directors they admire.


Weekend Box Office - July 4, 2011

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Movie director Michael Bay instructs Airmen fi...

Michael Bay on the set of Transformers (Public Domain image via Wikipedia)

The Fourth of July weekend has been good to the Transformers movies in the past, and this year is no different.  The 3rd installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, opened in 3D and Imax this past Tuesday night.  The film had a lot of skepticism following it after fans and critics panned Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.  Despite tons of controversy, including a Michael Bay/Megan Fox feud that led to her being replaced by another beauty, the movie grossed $97.5M over the weekend, making its 5-day total $165.2M, a stronger start than the previous two films.

Disney/Pixar's Cars 2 is now at $117M after a fairly strong $26.2M for its second week.  The G-rated animated film stars Larry the Cable Guy and Owen Wilson as friends going abroad for an international car race. 

Rounding out the top 3, is the Cameron Diaz/Jason Segel comedy Bad Teacher, following an irresponsible and uninterested teacher (Diaz) as she attempts to raise test scores to get a bonus she can use to get new breast implants. 
Songbird icon.

Image by Toehead2001 via Wikipedia

Have you ever tried to describe, in words only, how your music sounds?  Not easy is it?  Never-the-less there are times that it is necessary to tell someone what your music sounds like without the benefit of being able to play it for them.  Especially for promotion and advertising.  

The fellas over at CD Baby have some tips for describing your music. Check 'em out...

The newly-reopened Fayetteville Street in down...

Fayettville Street, Raleigh, NC  (Public Domain Image by Ken Thomas via Wikipedia)

Here's a music festival with a good cause.  The ComeUnityNow Music and Arts Festival is being held to raise money for victims of the April tornadoes and to honor the first responders to the victims of these disasters. Benefiting will be the Wake Interfaith Disaster Team and The Green Chair Project which are helping the people recover.

Tickets will be $10 for the music festival.  The arts festival along Fayetteville Street and in City Plaza is free.

If you are a musician or entertainer lend a hand in the effort by auditioning for the event.  Volunteers to help on the day of the event and sponsors needed as well.  

Vans Warped Tour 2011

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Zac Farro (drums), Hayley Williams (vocalist),...

Paramore (Photo by phillyist via Wikipedia)

The Vans Warped Tour is underway this summer.  For years music fans have flocked to the summer concerts for a chance to see their favorite alternative or unsigned artists.  This year, the performers include Against Me!, Less Than Jake, Unwritten Law, Paramore, and many more.  Bands vary by dates, but a full list can be found here.

It's also not too late to register your band for one of the smaller stages.  If you would like your label or band to perform at Vans Warped Tour, submit your request at  Not only will selected bands get to play, they can also get the chance to record 3-song EPs to help get their music heard or a $15,000 shopping spree at Guitar Center.

Make sure to check your schedule so you don't miss your chance to see this tour in your town!
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash

Johnny and June Carter Cash (Public Domain Image by Joel Baldwin  via Wikipedia)

The Johnny Cash Music Festival will be held at Arkansas State University on Thursday, August 4th.  This festival helps establish a museum that honors the Johnny Cash legacy and benefits the restoration of his boyhood home.  The lineup includes several family menbers: Rosanne Cash, Laura and John Carter Cash, Tommy Cash, Joanne Cash, and Chelsea Crowell.

Myrtle Beach, SC Spring Break 2007

Myrtle Beach (Image by Curtis and Eric via Wikipedia)

The HBO series East Bound & Down is looking for extras in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  All ages and ethnicities desired with a special interest in baseball coaches, umpires, and trainers as well as Hispanic families.

Open call for paid extra work:
Tuesday, July 5th
Noon until 4:00 pm.
BB&T Coastal Baseball Fields
1521 21st Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Bring recent photo and contact information.

Alexz Johnson in a photoshoot picture taken fo...

Headshot of Alexz Johnson (Image by Geniusd402  via Wikipedia)

Looking to get an acting job?  You must have a good headshot and acting resume'.   Here are a couple of clips about each.  

When it comes to headshots there are two different camps.  One that says that the image should be plain and simple so the director or casting agent can see you as a blank slate and project the role onto you.  The other says that they can change your look and what the director wants to know is who is this person and what their personality is like.  

In fhte first clip Chris Frampton, a commercial photographer,  shows some examples of headshots and explains the need to project your persoality in your headshots.

The second clip is about the basics of writing a resume' from actor and writer Richard Rifkin.

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A new reality series with the working title Party Down South is looking for Gulf Coast guys and gals who like to party.  Must be 21, hot, and proud to be southern.

If you call 'gators your neighbors, reckon Mardi Gras should be a national holiday, your daisy dukes fit just right and are ready to make your Maw Maw and Paw Paw proud, we are looking for you!
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Budweiser United presents: The Big Time in association with Radical Media and producer Evan Weinstein (Amazing Race) are looking for men or women basketball players for their new reality show.

They want top caliber players who were unable to fulfill their dreams of making it into pro sports.  A few players will be chosen, given professional coaching and guidance while being filmed through the process as they compete in a series of challenges.

The winner will enjoy playing with some of basketball's best known players and maybe receive a contract.

Must be over 21 as of June 30.

Applications must be received no later than July 8th.

Submit photo, brief bio, and phone number to:

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An open call for actors, actresses, singers, and dancers for the Disney Channel and DisneyXD productions.  

Looking for kids who act, dance, or sing and can play characters between the ages of 10 to 18.

A parent or guardian must accompany minors.  An application and monologue will be given on arrival.

Saturday, July 9th
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North 3rd St.
Richmond, Virginia

More info:

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The Rogersville Playhouse in Rogersville, Tennessee is holding auditions for Avenue Q, a musical by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx inspired by the book of the same name by Jeff Whitty.  A coming of age story about the anxieties of entering adulthood.

Actors must be 18 years or older due to adult language and content in the musical.


  • Princeton - fresh faced new kid on the block. He's looking for his purpose in life and develops a crush on Kate Monster in the meantime. 
  • Kate Monster - she's kind of pretty, and pretty damn smart. A kindergarten teacher's assistant, she's looking for the man of her monster dreams. 
  • Rod - a Republican investment banker with a secret. He's got an imaginary girlfriend who lives in Canada. 
  • Nicky - Rod's best friend and roommate. A sweet-natured slacker.
  • Brian - 32-year old small time comedian who apparently doesn't like to wear underwear when working at the Around the Clock Cafe. His comedy act doesn't pay all the bills so he's looking for a steady job. Engaged to Christmas Eve. 
  • Christmas Eve - Brian's girlfriend and wife to be. A witty, painfully earnest Japanese therapist with some peculiar ideas about relationships. Apparently, the more you ruv someone, the more you want to kirr him.
  • Trekkie Monster - a rude and grotesque sociopath who seldomly leaves his apartment, he makes a lot of money investing in Internet porn.
  • Lucy T. Slut - the star of Girls Gone Wild parts 2, 5 and 7, she's back from a prestigious tour (Amsterdam, Bangkok and Celebration, Florida) to sing at the Around the Clock Cafe and prey on Princeton. 
  • The Bad Idea Bears - viciously dangerous little critters whose only purpose in life is giving very bad advice.  They find their true calling when they join Scientology. 
  • Gary Coleman - former child star of TV's Diff'rent Strokes, he made a lot of money that got stolen by his folks. Now he's the superintendent on Avenue Q. It sucks to be him. 
  • Mrs. T - Ancient. Kate Monster's witch of a boss. 

Sunday, July 3rd and Monday, July 4th
6:00 pm
Rogersville Playhouse
1924 East Main St.
Rogersville, Tennessee

Rogersville Playhouse website:

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American Indian males 18 years or older are needed for a scene in a biker bar.

Gena Rowlands and Melanie Griffith will star in this Nick Cassavetes movie.

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